Access Services Experts

EBU Access Services Experts Bureau: Heidi Sivebaek (DR), Frauke Langguth (ARD Text), Amélie Rossignol-Farjon (EBU), Erik De Snerck (VRT), Gion Linder (SWISS TXT)

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


The EBU Access Services group aims to ensure initiative of the highest quality, to celebrate excellence and innovation and to encourage pan-European collaboration, while providing its members with professional information.
The main goals of  the group 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 as well as to spread statistics

Plenary Meeting

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. Members come together to share projects, describe best practices and learn from others’ innovations and approaches. The meeting is open to EBU Members only and to special guests upon invitation.

Recent Past Events

Links to event pages & presentations:

2018 Access Services plenary event, 8-9 October, Copenhagen (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


Gion Linder, SWISS TXT (Switzerland)


Frauke Langguth, ARD Text (Germany)
Erik De Snerck, VRT (Belgium)
Heidi Sivbaek, DR (Denmark)

Target group

Heads of Access services, Content Editors, Accessibility Experts

Meeting Frequency

The Access Services Experts group gathers once a year.

2018 Event

2018 Access Services Experts meeting was held in Geneva on 8-9 November 2018, at the kind invitation of RTS
The event was open to all EBU Members and to special guests upon invitation.


02.11.2016: EBU Access Services Pan Euroepan Survey

Contact detail

Amélie Rossignol-Farjon
Brand Manager
+41 22 717 2422