Welcome to the County Durham Talking Newspaper, a free weekly resource for people with sight loss. The news stories and 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.
Our service continues throughout the lockdown. Strict precautions are taken to ensure wallets, USBs and CDs are virus free and postal wallets are now being over-wrapped in paper for their journey through the post. Despatch, for now, runs fortnightly (but contains a double length recording).
To become a listener, call us on 0191 378 9051 (Temporary number: 0191 384 8102). Our service, currently enjoyed by around 100 people, is completely free to visually impaired people living in and around County Durham.
Each Thursday we produce a fresh 80-minute edition on CD or USB stick to reach listeners the next day. The news coverage alternates: one week we cover north Durham, the next it’s south Durham’s turn – so listeners get a rolling digest of village level news on a County Durham scale.
Our sources include The Northern Echo, the Durham Advertiser, The Sunday Post, the Teesdale Mercury, the Sunderland Echo, The Darlington & Stockton Times, The Sunday Sun, the Sunday Post and certain magazines. We sometimes record our own interviews and we always cover the Durham Miners’ Gala with its wonderful music and comments from the crowds.