Blog: Happy 1st birthday, Able!

Audio Description, Blog, Captioning 11 Nov 2014
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One year ago today, Able opened for business and began producing captions and audio description from our offices here in the Auckland CBD. Able was established when TVNZ’s old Access Services team picked up our stuff and moved across town. Time has flown, and since our launch in November 2013, we’ve been busy working away to make more media accessible to New Zealanders.

Over the past year, we’ve had seven fantastic new staff members join us, we have farewelled a few, and we’ve enjoyed settling into our new office space, complete with some cool ‘Able’ branding decorating our office space.

With vibrant branding and, of course, a coffee machine, we’re feeling right at home and have gotten stuck into bringing our viewers some new and exciting accessible content! Over the past year, we’ve had a huge number of highlights. Just to name a few – we provided captions for several big live events, including the NZ general election coverage and the IRB Sevens. We also began captioning several new political programmes in the lead-up to the elections, including Q+A, 3rd Degree and The Nation. We added more variety into our audio description schedule, providing access to programmes like Agent Anna, Step Dave and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

We’re now providing more captioning and audio description than ever before, and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow our services. A huge thanks to those who have made our first year a success, including NZ On Air for their ongoing funding support, TVNZ and Mediaworks, the dedicated Able team and trustees and, of course, our viewers – the users of the captioning and audio description services. Bring on the next year, and happy 1st birthday, Able!

Wendy Youens - Chief Executive

Able provides TVNZ and Mediaworks with closed captioning, enabling access to television for Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. We also provide TVNZ with audio description, an additional audio narrative, helping to increase the accessibility of television for blind and vision impaired New Zealanders.

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