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Live captioning: About the speakers

Chris Chapman, Chair, ACMA

Chris Chapman commenced as the inaugural Chairman and CEO of the ACMA in February 2006. He was also appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007. Chris has had an extensive career including leadership roles in media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications and internet business, sports and the infrastructure sector.

Jonquil Ritter, Executive Manager, Broadcasting Safeguards Branch, ACMA

Jonquil Ritter manages the Branch that deals with all broadcasting content issues, including code registration, investigations and captioning. She had a major role in the Contemporary community safeguards inquiry and is now oversighting the Review of the Television Captioning Quality Standard. Jonquil’s career in communications regulation encompasses an extensive range of experience in both senior legal and senior leadership positions. 

Jenny Brigg, Manager, Diversity, Localism and Accessibility Section, ACMA

Jenny Brigg has worked in a range of senior roles in broadcasting at the ABA, the ABC, and the ACMA. Her experience with captioning ranges from ensuring that broadcasters are aware of and meet legislative captioning obligations to developing the Television Captioning Standard in 2013. Jenny currently manages the ACMA Diversity, Localism and Accessibility section at the ACMA.

Alex Varley, Chief Executive Officer, Media Access Australia

Alex Varley is the CEO of Media Access Australia, the independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to access to media for people with disabilities. Alex was previously General Manager of the Australian Caption Centre and is a regular presenter on media access issues at conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Barbara MacGregor

Barbara MacGregor has 26 years of experience as an English teacher, school counsellor and guidance/special education administrator who has over time, become hearing impaired. As such, Barbara is one of many citizens who relies on captions to access television programming. Barbara is keen to share her personal experiences as part of the discussion about live captioning.

Diana Sánchez, Head of European Operations, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services

Diana Sánchez is Head of European Operations, Access Services for Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services, formerly Red Bee Media. She is specialised in audio-visual and broadcast services, with extensive experience in translation and accessibility. She is an accessibility consultant at the Spanish Ministry of Social Welfare and founding member of the TransMedia Research Group.

Jing Han, Head of Subtitling and Program Preparation Unit, SBS

Jing Han is heading the Subtitling and Program Preparation Unit at SBS, responsible for subtitling and captioning requirements for all programs on SBS platforms. The Unit has the tool and capability to do some offline captioning in-house and manages a service provider for live captioning.

Kylie Merritt, Director of Digital, Sky News

Kylie Merritt has worked in broadcast and digital media for nineteen years across roles in news reporting, producing, presenting and management. As Director of Digital, Kylie has responsibility for all digital products within the Australian News Channel portfolio, including websites and social media, Sky News Multiview, Qantas Inflight News and Australia Channel. Kylie holds a BA (Broadcast Journalism) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Michael Lockrey

Michael Lockrey is profoundly Deaf and he relies 100% on captioning for access to multimedia content. As a captioning service provider for companies such as Cochlear, Michael is also highly cognisant of the workflows involved in creating captioning for accessibility. He has also developed a web app,

Paul Richardson, Presentation Media Service Manager, Seven Network

Paul Richardson’s role at the Seven Network involves program preparation and closed captioning for the network. With twenty years’ experience in captioning, he has been heavily involved in the transition from in-house to outsourced captioning in Australia. He has a keen interest in ensuring captions are accurate, timely and comprehensible.

Robert Scott, Consultant, Henge Design Pty Ltd

Robert Scott is a consultant in the broadcasting, media production and media access industries, and was previously CEO of the Australian Caption Centre, General Manager of Red Bee Media Australia and Managing Director of Video 8 Media. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from Macquarie University and a Masters of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology Sydney.

Stephanie Turner, Operations Manager, Able

Stephanie Turner oversees Able’s day-to-day operations, ensuring the production and delivery of high quality captioning and audio description that meets obligations to NZ On Air.  She has been in the industry for eleven years and has enjoyed playing a key role in the service’s development.

Tony Abrahams, CEO, Ai-Media

Tony Abrahams is the co-founder and CEO of Ai-Media whom provide captions for a range of broadcasters, schools, universities, corporates, events, and government agencies.  Since January 2014 Ai-Media has published the results of its independent captioning quality audits using the international NER system.

Wendy Youens, Chief Executive, Able

Wendy Youens is Chief Executive of Able, a not-for-profit organisation providing captioning and audio description services to New Zealand broadcasters. Wendy has been working in the industry for eight years and is passionate about providing access to media for the hearing and vision impaired communities. She has led the team to increase captioning and audio description in New Zealand, and works closely with government, broadcasters and sector organisations to grow media accessibility.

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Last updated: 19 August 2017