County Court rules ITV does not need to provide subtitles on their ‘ITV Hub’ service


Re: Maynard v ITV PLC Registered Office Claim No. D4QZ88PO

The Claimant alleged that ITV was obliged to provide subtitles when transmitting content live over the ITV Hub, known as ‘Simulcast’. It was accepted that the Claimant was a disabled person under the Equality Act 2010, s6, as he is deaf.  ITV argued that Simulcast is exempt from the ‘duty to make reasonable adjustments’ by virtue of it being a ‘content service’ as defined by the Communications Act 2003.

Held: The Claimant’s statement of case was struck out. Simulcast is a ‘content service’ as defined by the 2003 Act and therefore is within the exception at the Equality Act 2010, para 31(1) of Schedule 3.

Claire Darwin acted for ITV.