* SERVICE OFFLINE *
The BWBF service that we use to publish our newspaper is presently offline for essential maintenance. This means we cannot provide our online services until Thursday 2nd July.
We apologise for this interruption to our services.
Corona Virus Notice
Due to the Corona Virus pandemic we regret that we have had to suspend our weekly USB memory stick distribution service until further notice.
We are, however, continuing to deliver our newspaper each week via our other means of distribution. These are:-
- Via telephone on 0330 22 33 452.
- Via any Alexa enabled device
- Via the ‘Listen‘ page on this website
- Via the BWBF’s smart phone and tablet app
- Via the BWBF’s Sonata and Bumblebee devices
We release our weekly online editions on Tuesday mornings.
We are very concerned that many of our listeners presently rely upon the USB service, so if you know anyone who usually listens to us via USB please advise them that they can still access our material by these other methods. Thank you.
Unfortunately we cannot distribute magazines online.
As our studio is temporarily closed, we will not be able regularly to listen to messages left on our answering machine. We will, however, continue to read messages sent to our contact email address.
WELCOME page (in normal times)
The Wakefield Talking Newspaper is a voluntary organisation which records news and information from the Wakefield Express for listeners who are registered as visually impaired or blind. Our weekly editions usually also include notes about local events that will be of interest to our listeners. Occasionally we can also include additional items such as contributions from local people and groups, and recordings of local meetings.
Our newspaper is free to our members.
We distribute our recordings in four ways – online via this website; through a smartphone app; through the British Wireless for the Blind Fund’s Bumblebee and Sonata players; and by post on USB memory sticks.
In addition to our standard items, the USB stick version also includes every week audio copies of three national magazines such as People’s Friend, BBC History, Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest and National Geographic.
The online, phone app and BWBF device versions of WTN last approximately eighty minutes each week. The USB version usually lasts about four hours.
If you are interested in receiving our recordings, or know someone who you think may benefit from receiving them, please contact us.
If you prefer to listen to an audio description of our Newspaper, please click on the play button below:-