Ofcom, the regulator for the UK's communication industries, has today confirmed an update to the signing obligations for smaller TV channels. 

Since 2007, smaller TV channels have been required to show 30 minutes of programmes each month presented in British Sign Language (BSL).

Last year, Ofcom ran a consultation on their proposed changes, creating a BSL summary, inviting responses from Deaf people, and meeting Deaf groups in two BSL-interpreted meetings at Ofcom.

From 2016, Ofcom have now decided that broadcaster's obligations will rise incrementally from 30 minutes per month to 75 minutes per month of sign-presented programmes.

Broadcasters can either choose to make their own sign-presented programmes, or contribute to alternative arrangements such as British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, who commission programmes for the BSL Zone.

Larger channels with an audience share of 1% or more and the public service channels continue to be required to provide signing on a proportion of their programmes, rising over ten years from 1% to 5%.

You can watch a BSL summary made by Ofcom on the right side of this page, or you can read the full summary by clicking here, and an plain English summary by clicking here.