Talking Newspaper App


National charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) and The Talking News Federation (TNF) have joined forces once again to bring together local Talking Newspapers from across the UK.

Two years after bringing Talking Newspapers to BWBF’s first ever smart device – Bumblebee - the two charities have been collaborating again. This time they have developed a mobile application that can be accessed independently from any specialist BWBF equipment. The Talking Newspaper app can be downloaded by users to their own smart devices for free from both Apple and Android stores; and is available to people with a variety of difficulties reading text, such as dyslexia - not just the blind and partially sighted.

CEO of BWBF Margaret Grainger said; “We are so proud of how our two organisations have come together to develop a user friendly app that is both intuitive and inclusive; and will now be available to such a wide range of people in need. Talking Newspapers have always been an important part of BWBF’s online streaming service and we are sure this new innovation is going to be a huge hit when we officially unveil it at the TNF conference in September. For those struggling to read printed news this app is a revolutionary change to the way in which they can access information and feel connected.”

The new app features over 200 regional Talking Newspapers, making it easier than ever to keep up with what’s going on in your own community or in areas where you may have friends or family.

Talking Newspaper Federation

TNF is an umbrella organisation that represents the interests of local Talking Newspapers in the UK. It was formed specifically:
  • To provide information, guidance and help to local Talking Newspapers across the UK
  • To help TNs provide a comprehensive local news service to blind and partially sighted people
  • To provide people with information and contact details
  • To campaign at a National level on related issues on behalf of local TNs

It's a free service of local news recorded onto audio formats such as cassette tapes, CDs or USB memory sticks.

National Talking Newspaper Federation Conference & AGM 2019

The National Conference & AGM for 2019 will take place at the Woodland Grange Hotel Leamington Spa, on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2019.

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Download the free Talking Newspaper app for Android & iOS here.