Most of us rely on our local newspaper to keep in touch with what is happening in and around the area in which we live, providing information which does not reach us by means of television or radio.  

This is the really local news from which visually impaired are completely cut off unless they happen to have a relative or friend who can spare the time to read to them regularly.
 
The 'talking newspaper' fills this gap and plays an important role in helping to restore their independence as well as creating the opportunity for them to continue to take an active interest in the community.

The CATN programmes are put together at their studio at St. Richards Hospital by a production team including a producer, readers, contributors and a technical operator. 

The programme is recorded onto a computer and the resulting sound file is then copied onto memory sticks and CD's. These are then inserted into special wallets and posted free of charge to listeners who play them at home.

Listeners return their memory sticks or CD's by posting them back in the wallet using a personal return address label and dropping them into the nearest post box. It is returned, free of charge, to the studio where the recording is erased and made ready for the next edition.
 
The Chichester Area Talking News programme is distributed fortnightly and lasts for 60 minutes with the main content being made up of local news features taken from the Chichester Observer, Bognor Regis Observer and the Midhurst and Petworth Observer. Also included are an information desk, special items behind the news and features on gardening, nature and fashion.
 
The CATN quarterly magazine INSIGHT, contains articles of general and local interest. The 75 minute programme is produced in addition to the newspaper.

Edited versions of CATN programmes are broadcast everyday on CHR at 11am and 11pm.