British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust

Wednesday 20 January 2016


The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) was established to increase the amount of sign-presented programming on digital terrestrial television. It commissions content made in BSL by Deaf people for Deaf people and offers an alternative for broadcasters in meeting requirements for the provision of sign language on their channels.

In November 2014 BSLBT commissioned OPM to conduct a review on the Deaf audience in the UK – people whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language. The purpose of this research was to understand more about the highly marginalised Deaf community, with regards to demographics and language use, as well as life issues such as integration into the wider world, health status and access to health services, and use and views of television and the internet. The findings will assist BSLBT in using its resources cost effectively to provide future television programming for the Deaf community. It is also hoped the report will add to the wider world’s understanding of the life experience of Deaf people and the issues Deaf people face.

You can download the executive summary, full report, and appendices on this page. You can also watch a BSL version of the executive summary on the BSLBT website.