ESPN UK fined £120,000 by Ofcom over audio description reports that sports TV channel ESPN has been fined £120,000 by media regulator Ofcom for failing to provide enough audio description on its programmes.

ESPN provided the service for visually impaired viewers on 2.3% of programmes in 2012 – short of its 5% target.

The channel had also missed its target in 2011. Ofcom said the breach of its rules was “both serious and repeated”.

ESPN complained live sport was “not generally suitable for audio description on television”.


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