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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th February 2022.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of OFCOM's recommendation in July 2021 that the accessibility of on-demand services should become a legal requirement.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

The Government recognises that as part of a digitally inclusive society, television content should be accessible for all UK audiences regardless of which platform is used to view that content. As viewing habits continue to shift from linear to on demand, the Government is committed to seeing an improvement in the provision of access services for video-on-demand (VoD).

The Government is giving careful consideration to Ofcom’s latest recommendations on how accessibility requirements can be extended to on demand services and will set out next steps in due course.

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