The first edition of Richmond Talking News was recorded on Friday April 20th 1979 and arrived on the doormat of a small number of blind people on Monday April 23rd – St Georges Day.
Since then there have been a regular 50 weekly editions each year plus a special Christmas recording.
The Talking Newspaper contains news articles extracted from The Richmond & Twickenham Times, recorded and duplicated on Friday and posted to arrive at the listeners’ homes the following Monday morning.
This unique source of local and community news in audio form comes free of charge to anyone who would like to have their paper read for them.
Although the talking newspaper was originally set up for those who were blind or partially sighted, anyone who finds difficulty in handling newspaper – perhaps after a stroke, or who has arthritis, or any other condition – is welcome to subscribe to the service.
Members of the Committee/Trustees
Chairman: Alec Thomas
I had been with the BBC for 23 years, retiring as Assistant Chief Engineer, BBC World Service when in 1992 I met Joan Kemp, the founder of RTN.
I was happy to join as a volunteer and have been here ever since.
Honorary Treasurer: Alick Munro
I joined RTN because I think it is important that people maintain their local connections and sense of local community.
I do think that Richmond Talking News goes a long way to achieving this.
Honorary Secretary – Valerie Munro
I joined RTN in 2001 when I saw an ad in our local paper for more recording technicians. As a broadcast journalist, the technical side held little fear..
I also felt it was a good way for me to repay all those efforts that others had made to keep my visually impaired mother in touch with her local and community news.
Listeners’ representative – Jackie Venus
I am the current chair of the Visually Impaired Society of Richmond (VISOR), and as such have direct contact with many visually impaired people in the area, and also been a RTN listener for many years.
I joined as a trustee as I felt more direct links could develop RTN, as well as increasing listener inter-action and RTN’s ability to produce more user-friendly items.
Technical support – Mike Cox
Now retired, my engineering company used to make all sorts of TV broadcasting equipment.
I joined RTN and quickly found myself as Mr Fixit in charge of all things technical. I was happy to project manage the move from analogue recording on cassette tapes to our present more efficient digital system, duplicating onto memory sticks.
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