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Talking newspaper in a new digital version.

Byline: Diane Parkes

BIRMINGHAM'S talking newspaper has reached a landmark and gone digital.

Founded in 1976, Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association has, until now, produced its weekly recordings on cassette tapes.

But, from yesterday, all listeners can receive their diet of weekly news and magazine stories on a memory stick.

Chairman Tom Allen said: "Cassette tapes have been the workhorse of the service we have provided for the last 35 years but they have been overtaken by better technology.

"We have been planning and preparing for this change for well over a year and are delighted that we are in a position to offer this improved service to all our listeners."

The charity, which ensures excerpts of papers including the Birmingham Mail and its sister title, the Sunday Mercury, reach more than 400 homes a week, has been trialling the service with users. Its future developments include making the weekly output available on the internet.

The free service is available to anyone who has difficulty reading conventional printed material due to blindness or visual impairment.

New listeners are welcome and it is not necessary to be registered as blind, partially sighted or visually impaired.

For information contact enquiries@birminghamtalkingnewspaper.org.uk, call Ian MacLaren on 0121 382 1582 and visit www.

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