On Tuesday 15 September 2015, the ACMA hosted the latest Citizen conversations series, Live captioning: let’s talk event.
With over 80 attendees, the broadcasting challenges of capturing live news and live sports programs were just some of the topics covered at the event. Members of the community joined a mix of broadcasters, deaf and hearing impaired advocacy representatives and captioning service providers at the free full-day session.
The speakers were entertaining, informative and honest about the limitations involved with live captioning. Chris Chapman, ACMA Chair acknowledged in his speech the achievements of the past by all those involved as well as anticipating the future challenges to come.
The input from this event will also help inform the ACMA’s review of the Television Captioning Standard, which is due in March 2016.
Presentations and transcript
For those who could not make the event, we have included copies of all the presentations from the day (below) as well as a full transcript. Please note that the videos contained within the presentations are not available at this time.
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Session 1: Responding to the challenges with live/part live captioning—lessons learnt from an international perspective
Chief Executive, and Stephanie Turner, Operations Manager, Able (New Zealand)
Head of European Operations, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services
Session 2: Decisions made live
Presentations about the decisions that need to be made in captioning live broadcasting programs (non-news)
Presentation Media Services Manager, Seven Network
Session 3: The challenges of captioning news
Scrolled captions and the hybrid approach—block captions for scripted pre-prepared news stories and scrolling captions for breaking news—and the associated challenges and risk mitigation strategies adopted.
Consultant, Henge Design Pty Ltd.
Session 4: Innovation—case studies
Chief Executive Officer, Ai-Media
Setting your own standard: Adopting standards internally and being transparent about the results
Manager, Subtitling & Program Preparation, SBS
Cutting the coat to fit the cloth: Making decisions about the method of captioning for different programs
Session 5: Panel Discussion
Panellists (L-R): Jing Han (SBS), Michael Lockrey (consumer/citizen), Barbara MacGregor (consumer/citizen), Jenny Brigg (Chair, ACMA), Kylie Merritt (Sky News), Paul Richardson (Seven Network), Diana Sánchez (Ericsson)
Session 6: Looking to the future
Chief Executive Officer, Media Access Australia