Sandwell Talking News

About Sandwell Talking News

Sandwell TN logoSandwell Talking News is a weekly digest of articles from the Sandwell Express and Star plus other material relevant to local people with visual impairments. This includes information about equipment, technology and social activities. STN is available on this site thanks to Sandwell Visually Impaired who are hosting our online presence.

In addition as our online offer, we provide a 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.

Listen to the latest Sandwell Talking News

Each new edition of the Talking News is here on Saturdays with material recorded over the previous week. 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 listen to the previous three week’s news using the playlists at the bottom of the page. Our podcast (RSS/XML) service is under development.

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Previous editions

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 8 September 2018 (m3u file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 1 September 2018 (m3u file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 25 August 2018 (m3u file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 18 August 2018 (m3u file)

More about us

STN first appeared in 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.

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We are members of the Talking News Federation.

Volunteers needed

None of this happens without your help. We always welcome volunteers to read for us. 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

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.

Contact us

Email us at

Phone us care of Sandwell Visually Impaired SVI on 0121 525 4810.

Some useful links to sources of news and information

Sandwell Express & Star

The Black Country Society

Talking News Federation

RNIB Newsagent


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

Walsall Talking Newspaper

Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association


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