For over 45 years, volunteers of the Whitecliffs Talking News have recorded items of news and interest from the local newspapers of the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area to be distributed to those that are registered blind or visually impaired in conjunction with the Kent Association for the Blind.
Earlier this year, at the Whitecliffs Talking News AGM, it was unanimously decided by their volunteers that this service would close. There are many factors that have led to this decision – the recent pandemic; a considerable drop in listener numbers, and the advent of new voice activated devices delivering news items and features being just a few.
Additionally, the Kent Association for the Blind has decided that, from April 2022, their distribution support for the many Talking News organisations across Kent, including Whitecliffs Talking News, would also cease. They are currently working with the national Talking News Federation to develop a new service for visually impaired listeners.
Sadly, it seems that all good things must come to an end. Whitecliffs Talking News would like to thank all the many volunteer readers, editors and recording engineers that have made this service possible. And finally, our sincere thanks to all the Whitecliffs Talking News listeners who have enjoyed the service and without whom we wouldn’t enjoyed doing this – week in, week out – over the past 45 years.