Read all about it! Calrec helps Talking Newspaper back to live recording

After 15 months the Talking Newspaper for Todmorden (TNT) is back to live recording – with a little help from Calrec.

TNT provides local news and community information for the blind and partially sighted in the Upper Calder Valley. It has published its regular audio newsletter for more than 25 years and has not missed a single month.

While the community organisation adapted how they published the monthly digest throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by recording individually at home, after 15 months the organisation voted to return to live recording – which is when Calrec stepped in to provide additional equipment to allow them to do so in safety.

With a news editor, recording engineer and 4 x readers in the same room for a live recording it was important to ensure we could record so safely and with the maximum amount of spacing between everyone.

We needed to maximise the amount of space between all our volunteers so that they could feel safe and confident to record, and Calrec was quick to offer to help with many, many meters of extra cabling! It was great for everyone to be back together after so many months apart, and getting back to live recording means that our listeners get their monthly edition much quicker!

Kevin Emmott

TNT volunteer and Marketing Manager at Calrec


Calrec has been part of the community in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley since 1964, and we are very proud to play a role.

Whether that’s hosting open days and working with local festivals, or getting involved in wider local community ventures like Overgate Hospice, Calderdale Smartmove and the Talking Newspaper for Todmorden.

Lisa Brewster

HR Manager at Calrec

TNT is based in Todmorden, which is just three miles away from Calrec’s Nutclough Mill headquarters.

Calrec is a supporter of several other local charities and is currently hoping to raise £10,000 for a local charity, Overgate Hospice.

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