Reading our local papers together

Welcome to the County Durham Talking Newspaper, a free audio resource for people with sight loss.  The local news stories and other features we record from our region’s papers include planning decisions, court cases, village events, regular columnists, amusing snippets and nostalgia pieces – much of it not covered by radio or television. 

readerOur service has continued without a break throughout the pandemic and currently provides listeners with a 90 minute recording every fortnight. 

To become a listener, call Alice Severs on our temporary number: 0191 384 8102.  Our talking newspaper is enjoyed by over 100 people and is completely free to visually impaired people living in and around County Durham. 

Our sources include The Northern Echo, the Durham Advertiser, The Sunday Post, the Teesdale Mercury, The Darlington & Stockton Times,  The Sunday Sun (Chronicle), the Sunday Post and certain magazines. We sometimes record our own interviews and we also cover the Durham Miners’ Gala with its wonderful music and comments from the crowds.

Christina, editor and reader


Les: reader