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 – most of it not covered by radio or television.
To give the talking newspaper a try, call us on 0191 378 9051. The service, used weekly by around 110 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 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 Times, The Journal, the Sunday Post, the Teesdale Mercury, the Sunderland Echo, the Sunday Sun, the Sunday Post and various magazines. We sometimes record our own interviews and we always cover the Durham Miners’ Gala with its wonderful music and comments from the crowds.