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Access Services Plenary

Access Services experts gather once a year to raise the most important questions during a plenary session which has become, over the years, the meeting point for those working in accessibility services across EBU organizations.  

This event is an excellent opportunity to meet with other colleagues working in accessibility, share projects, exchange best practices, and learn from each other’s innovations and approaches.

Participants will get the chance to cross-pollinate ideas and exchange them with their peers and people from the rest of the industry and European associations.

The 2023 Access Services plenary meeting will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on Friday 16 June 2023, at the kind invitation of RTS.

On Thursday 15 June, all delegates are invited to attend a pre-meeting event, including a guided tour and networking drinks.


Andrej Tomažin

Accessibility Expert, RTVSLO (Slovenia )

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Ángel García Crespo

Associate Professor, Carlos III University

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Francisco Armero

Technical Director of Broadcasting and Head of Access Services, RTVE (Spain)

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Ines van den Adel

Journalism Coordinator, VPRO (Netherlands)

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Jan-Willem van Hoof

Team lead, Audio Description, VRT (Belgium)

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Kay Macquarrie

Innovation Manager, DW (Germany)

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Matthieu Parmentier

Access Manager, France Télévisions (France)

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Minna Pöntys

Strategic Head of Accessibility, Yle (Finland)

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Nigel Megitt

Executive Product Manager, BBC (United Kingdom)

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Ruth Kühn

Senior Technology Manager, DW (Germany)

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Tsubasa Uchida

Researcher, NHK - STRL (Science Technology Research Laboratories) (Japan )

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Video talks


  • AI Moves Accessibility: Will it turbo-charge Access Services in Public Service Media? - Ruth Kühn and Kay Macquarrie, DWMembers Only
  • Subtitling: CC quality & assessment, AI for subtitling and major events preparation - Matthieu Parmentier, France TVMembers Only
  • Typecast: Visual podcast for the deaf and hearing impaired audience - Ines van den Adel, VPROMembers Only
  • Audio describing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Jan-Willem van Hoof, VRTMembers Only
  • Avatar-based Japanese Sign Language Generation System - Tsubasa Uchida, NHKMembers Only
  • Dubbing and Audio Description, and Accessible Working - Nigel Megitt, BBC
  • Easy Language at RTV Slovenija and the SELSI project - Andrej TomažinMembers Only
  • Participating and equality: Yle's election programmes in easy Finnish - Minna Pöntys, YleMembers Only
  • Members' Accessibility Focus presentations - SRG-SSR, NPO, BBC, NRK, RAI, RTBF, SWR, VRT, Yle, ZDF and RTPMembers Only