This June, The Captioning Group celebrates its 25th year in business.  Since our very first show in 1991, TCG has been committed to providing quality, reliability, and accessibility to all that view closed captioning.  To celebrate our 25-year anniversary, this post looks back on the major milestones in The Captioning Group’s history.

1991

“Fashion File”!  The Captioning Group captions its first live show.  Read more about our very first live show.

fashion file

 

1992

Contracts were successfully gained with CBC and CBC Newsworld (what is now known as CBC News Network) and CFCN (the Calgary CTV affiliate)

CBC NewsWorld

 

1996

The Captioning Group takes on our first Olympic Games coverage, captioning the highly anticipated event for millions of CBC’s viewers.  Since 1996, we have captioned every Olympic Games and are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

1996 Atlanta Olympics | The Captioning Group

1998

In September, the CRTC instituted PN 1995-48, a regulation that any network of annual advertising revenues of over $10 million per year was required to have closed captioning for 100% of their live local news.  This major change caused our workload to dramatically increase and our staff size to triple.

CRTC

 

2001

TCG breaks into the U.S. captioning market with our first American client, Liberty, Old Time Gospel Hour, with well-known evangelical minister Jerry Falwell.

Liberty News Network

 

2003

International captioning begins, with Newsworld International, a 24-hour news station that was part-owned by Al Gore until its closure in 2005.

Newsworld International

 

2006

The Captioning Group took on one of their most challenging live events to date: wall-to-wall coverage of the 2006 Hurricane Alberto in central Florida.  With almost no notice, TCG managed to find 24-hour coverage for six straight days.  Read all about the event, how the closed captioning came together in such a short period of time, and how Floridians accessed up-to-date coverage of this hurricane in TCG’s Throwback press release.

Hurricane Alberto

 

2011

TCG begins to utilize the latest captioning technology, iCap, a captioning software that uses IP connectivity as opposed to the traditional dial-up phone lines used to connect to studios,

EEG iCap

 

 

 

 

2016

The Captioning Group expands their repertoire once again, advancing into the new frontier of web-based and live-stream captioning.

Wowza

We have been proud to serve North America’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community with the most accurate live closed-captioning in the industry for the past 25 years, and we will strive to exceed our service standards for the next 25 years as well.  Thank you to everyone who has made our success possible since 1991.

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