The local talking newspaper for Reading Berkshire UK

AGM news

Reading Talking Newspaper AGM 2022

Time 7.30pm
RG31 7YT
The agenda can be down-loaded as a PDF file Reading Talking Newspaper AGM 2022

Find the latest news and ways of recieving it

The latest news

Listen on line
Previous weeks news

How to use these links

Depending on what way you are using your computer you can click, spacebar or enter on the above links. The BWBF player will appear & you can start playing the weeks news using the controls on the page, also all British Wireless for the Blind Fund devices will work with the above links.

If you wish to play the news on a different device down load this zip file.

The latest news as a zip folder

You now can listen to us on Alexa

Instuction to set up Alexa to receive our news service

Firstly, any new skill that you use on your Alexa must be enabled, this action is simply completed using your voice.
First say Alexa Enable Talking Newspapers.

Please note: Sometimes your Alexa Skill is not set up to allow you to do this and it has to be done manually through the Alexa App on a smart device.

To do this signed in to your account:

  1. Open Alexa app on smartphone or tablet
  2. Choose MORE [Bottom Right]
  3. Choose SKILLS & GAMES
  4. SEARCH with magnifying glass for TALKING NEWSPAPERS
  5. Choose the [cid:image001.jpg@01D75490.462D32B0] BWBF black & orange news logo
  6. ENABLE the skill that it shows

It should now be working OK

Once the skill is enabled, the skill needs to be opened, this can done by asking Alexa Open Talking Newspapers.
The introduction message will be announced and at the end will ask you to provide a Talking Newspaper name.
Please wait for Alexa to provide the ready to listen notification, a ‘dring sound’.
Then say Reading's talking news this week.
Or Reading's talking news previous week, if you had missed that week.
Please note that as Alexa is ready to listen at this point you don’t need to say Alexa in front of the name jus the new newspaper name itself.
Alexa will then ask is this the name you wanted, again wait for Alexa to be ready and say yes to play or no, if this is not correct and you will be asked for the name again.

If you want to skip tracks you need to say Alexa Next Track the current track will stop playing and the new track will play straight away.
This is also the same for any Alexa previous track requests.
If you have reached the last track or there is only one track for the publication you are listening to when you say Alexa Next Track it will announce, You have reached the end of this Newspaper and continue playing that last track to the end.

Should you wish to pause the current publication you can say Alexa Stop or Alexa Pause this will stop the play back. If you want to continue say Alexa Play and the position will be resumed.

There is also a Talking Newspaper app

As part of the continued support for The Talking Newspaper Federation and those living with sight loss in the U.K, British Wireless is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Talking Newspaper App. Bringing together Local Talking Newspapers from around the UK in one easy to use mobile app for both Android and Apple smart devices.

Down-load the app here

Try imagining living life without the local newspaper! Read on...

This is what we do to help fill this gap

A sight-impaired person listening to the local news on a USB player

We give sight impaired and listeners with other disabilities the independent means of keeping in touch with what's going on in the local community.

How does the weekly Talking Newspaper help?

It enables sight impaired and listeners with other disabilities to keep in touch with the local community. For housebound listeners, the talking newspaper can provide a sense of belonging in the wider community with familiar and friendly voices in the home each week.

What is in the talking newspaper?

The first 45 minutes contains news articles from Reading in Berkshire newspapers. The articles are taken from the issues of the previous week leading up to recording day. There are usually 3-4 newsreaders plus the editor each week, providing a variety of voices for the listeners. There is another 45 minutes which contains the magazine style features covering a wide range of interests. For example, articles from TNF-soundings covering useful infomation of interest for those with sight loss and recipes plus the death notices as a number of our readers do like to check up on who they have out lived.

The Talking Newspaper is available free to anyone in the Reading area or the UK and now on the web who is connected with or interested in Reading Berkshire and is unable to read newsprint for whatever reason.

So if you are sight impaired or know someone who is please click on the link below and fill in one of the application forms, this will depend on which service you wish to receive.

How to receive this newspaper

Volunteer jobs

As you can see we offer a vital service and are always looking for new volunteers so please check out the jobs we require volunteers for. If there is a job there that you would like to know more about or you can help us with please fill in the application form and a committee member will contact you.

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Postal address:

Reading's Talking News
Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford hall
Carey Street
The chairman Bob Bristow

or Telephone him on 0118 958 2056

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