How We Can Help you
If you are:
- registered sight impaired
- unable to read the printed newspaper through physical disability
and you want to keep up to date with the local news in Reading, Berkshire, UK, then you can benefit from our weekly news service. So if you are interested in Reading's news, you can receive Reading's Talking News as a MP3 format on a USB flash memory drive or, over the internet every week.
The newspaper contains approximately 45 minutes of local news items from the Reading Evening Post and Reading Chronicle plus approximately 45 minutes of features and other articles, each article comes on its own track as on a LP or CD. The service costs nothing to the listener. We supply the USB drives and the postage is also free in the UK.
For internet listeners, mobile phones or smart speakers
Provided you full fill one or more of the stated conditions listed above all you need to do is to go to:
The news page for internet listeners
Where you have the choice of listening to the latest news or the previous weeks news.
or an app and a service that allow you to recieve RTN's news by a mobile phone or smart speaker, follow the link below to find full instructions.
How to connect app or skill - via British Wireless for the Blind Fund
For our postal listeners
The talking news is sent out on an USB drive every Thursday in a plastic wallet by post, and usually arrives with the listener on Friday morning. You then have the weekend to listen to the news. The listeners are then asked to put the USB drives plus the address label which has to be removed first from the clear window on the front of the wallet back into the main compartment of the wallet before posting it back to us so they will arrive back in good time ready for us to wipe clean and record the next week's news. Again, there is no charge to the listener for postage.
What you need
All you need for the USB drive is a USB player, such as the sonic player or you can use your computer. If you don't have a computer or USB drive player we will loan you a sovereign or sonic player, pictured right. Both of these players are good sounding and have simple controls like on a cassette player they also allow you to jump forward and back by tracks like on a CD player plus by holding down the forward or backward buttons you can go back or forward in small steps making it easy to check phone numbers or addresses.
To receive this news service and to help us make sure we have your or the person who is to receive the news details are correct please fill in the contact form below.
General Data Protection Regulation 2018