Eligible listeners receive a weekly USB stick containing the latest edition through the post. These are sent and returned free of charge using the Royal Mail’s Articles for the Blind service. The stick can be played back on a dedicated simple to use playback unit that is provided free of charge. They can also be played back on some newer talking book machines or on your own computer.
Editions and magazines are supplied as a collection of tracks (one for each article or section) and the playback unit allows you to skip forward and back a track at a time should you wish to skip an article or hear a section again.
Listeners may telephone 01993 555 986 to listen to Witney Talking News. This is a local Witney number and is charged the same as a call to a neighbour.
The telephone service allows you to listen to the current edition and also the three previous ones if you need to catch up. You can use your telephone keypad to decide which one you would like to hear. If you can’t or would prefer not to use the keypad then if you simply wait until the menu is finished the latest edition will play automatically.
If you are comfortable using the keys on your telephone then you may also skip forwards and backwards in the recording or pause it. Press 0 at the main menu for full details of these advanced features.
Witney Talking News is available through a number of specialist services for the visually impared and also through a range of open access services too. See our guide to listening online for full details.