Access Services Experts

The EBU Access Services Experts Group brings together Access Service experts with responsibilities covering subtitling, signed programmes, audio description and audio subtitling which enable sensory challenged people but also persons with intellectual disabilities, dyslexia or language difficulties to access public broadcasters all over Europe.

The group is a platform for decision-makers within EBU Members but also welcomes other entities such as universities, regulators, suppliers and associations. The group is headed by a bureau.

Goals

The EBU Access Services Experts Group aims to provide initiatives of the highest quality, celebrate excellence and innovation, and encourage pan-European collaboration while at the same time providing its Members with industry information.

Its main goals are:

  • to discuss the future development of Access Services
  • to present showcases
  • to stimulate and support the exchange of technologies, products and services
  • to achieve standardization in order to develop common formats, guidelines, processes and legislation for authorities and stakeholders 
  • and to conduct surveys and disseminate statistics

Plenary Meeting

Access Services experts gather once a year to discuss the most important questions during a plenary session which over the years has become the central meeting point for those working in accessibility services across EBU organizations. Members come together to share projects, describe best practices and learn from others’ innovations and novel approaches. The meeting is open to all EBU Members and to special guests by invitation.

Past events

Links to event pages & presentations:

2019 Access Services plenary event, 17-18 October, Dublin (hosted by RTÉ)

2018 Access Services plenary event, 8-9 November, Geneva (hosted by RTS)

2017 Access Services plenary event, 8-9 October, Copenhagen (hosted by DR)

2016 Access Services plenary event, 1-2 November, Berlin (hosted by RBB/ARD)

 

Group members

Chair

Gion Linder, SWISS TXT (Switzerland)

Members

Frauke Langguth, ARD Text (Germany)

Siri Antonsen, NRK (Norway)

Target group

Heads of Access services, Content Editors, Accessibility Experts

Meeting frequency

The Access Services Experts group gathers once a year.

2020 Event - Virtual edition on November 11th 

The webinar will primarily be focused on Members' current circumstances and how COVID-19 has impacted and is still affecting their work. It will also examine how they are tackling problems in the short term, providing an opportunity to share best practices and present potential solutions to the commonest issues. This virtual session, reserved for EBU Members, will be completely free but online registration will be required to join.
For more information on how to sign up, please contact rossignol@ebu.ch.

Publications

15.05.2020  EBU Access Services Group Responses to COVID-19 Situation  

17.10.2019: EBU Access Services Pan European Survey - Update

02.11.2016: EBU Access Services Pan European Survey

Contact detail

Amélie Rossignol-Farjon
Brand Manager
+41 22 717 2422
rossignol@ebu.ch
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