There’s been some subtitles activity on Channel 4 again this afternoon.
However, there are technical issues – only partial subtitles are being transmitted, as can be seen in our video clip below.
We first observed the reappearance of subtitles in the early hours of Saturday morning, The examples we saw then had some minor issues but the subtitles were complete as far as we could tell.
Last night, Clean Feed monitored all Channel 4 non-music TV services for subtitles, from 7pm until shortly after midnight – no subtitles were transmitted.
Channel 4 issued an updated statement yesterday regarding the continued absence of access services on its channels:
We are really sorry that viewers still can’t watch our programmes with subtitles, audio description or sign language support. We know how important these access services are to you.Channel 4
We have always been committed to supporting viewers with hearing or sight impairment very seriously, and realise how frustrating it is that you can’t enjoy your favourite programmes.
The reason we can’t currently provide access services is because of the severity of the incident on Saturday 25 September 2021. When we transferred to our emergency back-up, the system that was meant to provide access services, also failed.
Our engineers have been working around the clock to fix the problem. It is a priority for Channel 4. However, it is a complex process and will take some time.
However, when access services are fully restored, Channel 4 will make sure that all the programmes that you have missed will be available to watch with subtitles, audio description and sign language support.