Sandwell Talking News

Listen now to the latest edition (playlist file, see below for individual tracks)

About Sandwell Talking News

Sandwell Talking News first appeared around 1979 when it was produced by a small team of volunteers who worked with Wednesbury College. It was previously distributed to over 150 visually impaired people in Sandwell. Over the years it has been recorded in various locations, including people’s own homes. It is currently available online - see below.

Sandwell TN has been relaunched as postal service to listeners in the borough thanks to funding from a number of Community First Panels, the Tipton Tree of Light fund (from Tipton Civic Society) and the West Bromwich Community Chest Fund. These have helped us buy equipment to circulate the news on returnable USB pen drives which can be played on special USB players that we have bought as part of the project.

What some of our listeners in Oldbury have said

June: "This is the only way I can hear the local news due to my sight loss, the Talking News is very interesting and full of information bringing me up to date with local news."

Ron: "Pleased with the service, which is well set out. It is nice to hear different voices and not to miss any information."

Tina: "Great service, pleased it has re-launched, it makes a huge difference to my life."

Bill: "Very useful and informative, nice way to spend an hour listening to the local news."

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Volunteers needed

None of this happens without your help. We always welcome volunteers to read for us. Now we also want people who may be able to spare the time to do duplication and dispatch work for our postal service, and to get involved in other tasks to keep the paper running. If you have some time to offer then please phone SVI on 0121 525 4810. Or email us at

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Sandwell TN on the web

STN is a weekly digest of articles from the Sandwell Express and Star plus some home grown material. This includes information about equipment, technology and social activities that we think will interest you. STN is available on this site thanks to Sandwell Visually Impaired who are hosting our online presence.

The "Listen now" link loads a play list which enables skipping back and forth between tracks listening with your MP3 media player of choice. The various files can also be downloaded for listening on an IPod or any portable MP3 player. You can also listen to the previous three week’s news by using the links provided on this page.

You can also subscribe to our podcast.

Each new edition of the Talking News is here on Saturdays with material recorded over the previous week.

Sandwell Talking News 23 September 2017

This is the Sandwell Talking News for 23 September 2017. We all hope you enjoy listening.

Ray, Pete, and everyone at Sandwell News.

Email us at

Or talk to staff in the SVI office on 0121 525 4810.

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Previous editions

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News 16 September 2017

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News 9 September 2017

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News 2 September 2017

Thanks to...

Thanks to the Editor of Express & Star papers for permission to use news items. We also include some press releases from Sandwell Council’s website. The Infosound items we use - on topics of general interest to visually impaired people - are made available to talking newspapers and others to use free of charge. A big thank you to Roland Myers at Infosound for his very valuable service.

Thanks also to our funders including Healthy Sandwell Micro Grants and Tipton Tree of Lights.

Not least, thanks to our loyal team of readers who give their time freely every week, often after a hard day's work, to spend time reading the paper for us.

Congratulations volunteers!

We were shortlisted in the Healthier Communities and Volunteer of the Year categories at the West Bromwich Community Recognition Awards in March 2015. Very well done to all our readers and the technical team.

Sandwell TN is now managed via a committee which is presently part of Sandwell Visually Impaired but may in time become a social enterprise producing accessible media for those with sight loss and others who do not have access to printed material.

Some useful links to sources of news and information

Sandwell Express & Star

Black Country Podcasting

The Black Country Society

Talking Newspaper Association


National Talking Express: The charity that produces two UK-wide audio magazines, specifically for vision-impaired people, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A good source of information and entertainment for vi people.

Sandwell Talking News Autumn 2014 news sheet


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