Borders Talking Newspaper is a charity based in Duns with a second group working in Hawick. We are registered with OSCR as a SCIO, no SC020192


We record items from The Southern Reporter, Berwickshire News and Hawick News each week in our studios.


Our digital recordings are sent free on data sticks to visually impaired or blind listeners and streamed worldwide over the internet. We make a small charge to cover postage for listeners who cannot read for other reasons.


Listeners are loaned machines to play the recordings. The players are designed to be easily used by people with visual impairment or reduced sensitivity in their fingers.


If you would like to be added to our mailing list, do contact us by email, telephone or letter .



We depend on the generosity of our supporters to keep the service going and volunteers to keep producing the recordings

As well as our core work, we aim to support visually impaired people by giving relevant information on our recordings and attending events for elderly or disabled people in the Borders.

We also offer a high quality recording service to produce any document in audio.

Since the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act and subsequently the Equality Act, all documentation must be made available in Braille, large print or on audio on request.


We can help through Borders Talking Newspaper Enterprises, our commercial digital recording service. We can record any leaflet, document etc at a very competitive cost. All money raised is used to support the production of our weekly newspaper.


Contact BTNE through our contact page or telephone our office to discuss your requirements. We will be happy to supply you with a quotation.