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Who we are

                      Who we are

 

Harrow Talking Newspaper for the blind (HTN) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity that produces a weekly news audio-recording for sight-impaired people living in or around the London Borough of Harrow. Produced by volunteers, it has been running continuously since 1975 and is entirely free to qualifying listeners.

A general interest magazine, 'Hear-Abouts', comes out six times a year and HTN also records and distributes the local authority's bi-monthly magazine 'Harrow People', together with occasional information sound-leaflets. Most issues of the news recording also piggyback 'HTN Extra' , with a selection of 2-3 items from BBC's 'In Touch' and the specialist 'Infosound' recordings for the blind.

The main focus is on local news since, unlike non-metropolitan areas, there are no truly local audio media - local radio stations and TV tend to be Londonwide.

60 minutes of news recordings, based on local newspapers, are produced on Wednesday evenings, reaching the listeners by free post within the next couple of days.

All recordings have been digital from May 2012, offering improved sound quality and greater editorial flexibility. The recordings are issued on memory sticks and listeners are supplied with a digital player if they need one.

HTN is affiliated to the National Federation of Talking Newspapers. The registered charity number is 270042.

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