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Listener FAQ

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find what you want here, then please contact us at  All questions received will be considered for publication.


What is a talking newspaper?

It’s a free service of local news recorded onto audio format such as CDs, memory sticks and through the internet by streaming. The service is primarily aimed at blind and visually impaired listeners, but it is often extended to the physically disbaled and others who find reading a strain.

How does it work?

Recordings are sent to listeners in a special plastic wallet.

How much does it cost?

The Talking Newspaper is recorded by voluntters and is delivered and returned by free post under the Royal Mail concession ‘ARTICLES FOR THE BLIND’ label. There is no cost to the listener.

Which area does a talking newspaper cover?

This will usually coincide with the area of circulation of the local paper from which you take your news.


How can I listen to my talking newspaper?

The most popular method used is a memory stick player which has been specifically designed for the blind and partially sighted.  These can be bought from a number of retailers however some talking newspapers provide these for free and you may also be able to obtain one from your local association for the blind. If you use the internet some talking newspapers can be streamed using a mobile phone or tablet provided it is connected on the mobile phone network or  through wifi.

What happens if I stop listening half way through?

The memory stick players all have a built in “bookmark” that remembers exactly where you were so the next time you start listening it starts from exactly the same place.  The same is true for the internet streaming.

What if I don’t want to listen to an article?

The memory stick players all have the ability to fast forward to miss an article or rewind ito listen to it again.

What if I go away on holiday?

You can stop and start your talking newspaper at anytime by contacting your local talking newspaper.

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