Until March 2020 there were around twenty of us – editors, readers, technicians, despatchers, trustees and administrators. No-one is paid, and very few claim have ever claimed their modest expenses. Covid immediately forced us to reduce our volunteer body by two thirds, retaining only those who already had the necessary resources to edit, record and post-edit remotely – from home. We regret having to exclude many of our lovely readers, some of whom have been involved in the talking newspaper for nearly two decades.*
* Some History: A south Durham TN started by the late Les and Betty Rawe with the Bishop Auckland Red Cross some 40 years ago was later run alongside the Durham Blind Society’s north Durham edition. When that charity closed in December 2014, its talking newspaper team set up CDTN to keep the service going. CDTN’s signature tune was created by Canterbury musician Jamie Dams.