Watch TV on your laptop

1 10 2008

Bookmark this link [ BBC iPLAYER – SIGN ZONE ] which shows repeats of programmes with BSL and / or captions. I love it!

Read my lips C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y

8 09 2008

I’m disgusted.

The BBC have come out with a whopper. Not only do they not bother to subtitle online content, they have just uploaded a video about deaf children and cochlear implants – with NO subtitles and NO transcript. How am I supposed to understand it? Am I supposed to lipread this? You’ve got to be kidding!!

You can read Ian’s article about it here.

Please complain to the BBC and help to make online content more accessible for deaf people. You can complain about the BBC video on this link.

**** UPDATE ****

I received a reply from the BBC today, about an hour after complaining. Which is pretty good. The reply says;

Many thanks for your e-mail – other viewers have raised the same issue and I apolgoise for the fact that this story was presented in such a bare fashion. While it is not currently possible for us to provide subtitles on web videos, we should be able to offer a transcript. I think the problem arises, as in this case, when a report from a news programme is taken and put on the web and there is no accompanying written version, and no script of the video has been provided.

We are planning to e-mail all our colleagues reminding them of the need to think about accessibility issues when reporting on stories likely to be of particular interest to deaf people. Reporters should offer their scripts for inclusion, and web producers should get into the habit of
chasing the material. I hope this will avoid any repetition of this particular incident.

Kind regards,
Ian Jolly
News website

Sign languages in the UK

12 02 2008

Did you know that signs used in Belfast are very different from those used in the Channel Islands and in England? If you’re a BSL user, complete the BBC’s BSL survey about the signs you use. (Duration: 15 mins or more)

UK dialects

8 02 2008

Do you have trouble with dialects in the UK – apart from trying to piece together what you’re hearing with what you’re lipreading and getting into a funk when they don’t match, or getting an unknown word and therefore being unable to lipread it at all.

UK : I’m chuffed
Liverpool : I’m made up
Black Country : I’m bostin

(Why can’t we just say ‘I’m happy’? – it’s much easier to lipread!)

Complete the BBC’s Word Map survey and tell them about the words you use with their interactive word map. Some of the entries will be used to map dialect variation across the UK. (Duration: from 5 mins onwards)

You can see what the top words are, some are quite funny and lots are new to me. You can click on the words in each survey and see where in the UK they are the most commonly used.

For ‘to play truant’ the top ten words are –

skive (my usual word)
bunk off
nick off

The top ten words for ‘To rain lightly’ are –

mist (my choice)

‘A child’s soft shoes worn for P.E.’ – top ten were

gutties (my choice)
gym shoes

No wonder so many immigrants don’t bother to learn English.


29 12 2007

A friend was not happy at missing the last See Hear programme and that a repeat was not shown during the following week, as it was christmas week. She emailed the BBC on the 27th to complain. She got a reply today. Wow, they reply intelligently, they don’t fob you off, and they work on Saturdays!

Dear Mrs X

Thank you for your e-mail regarding ‘See Hear’.

I understand you have been unable to access the 19 December edition of the programme and would like to know if there is any other way you can watch it.

I am pleased to inform you that the festive edition of this programme is scheduled for broadcast on 09 January at 01.25am. As this will be broadcast during the BBC One ‘Sign Zone’, it will appear in the late night listings for Tuesday 08 January. I would add that an edition of ‘See Hear’ is also broadcast at 01.25am on 03 January during the ‘Sign Zone’.

I would suggest for future reference that you book-mark both the BBC ‘What’s On website and the ‘Radio Times’ homepage as both are the most accurate and reliable sources of information on all BBC scheduling:

I hope that this goes some way in clarifying the situation and I would like to assure you that we have registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC.

Thank you once again for taking the trouble to contact the BBC with your concerns.


James Kelly
BBC Information
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