COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: St Dunstan's behind bid to launch radio station for the blind

St Dunstan's, the charity for blind ex-service personnel, is leading an initiative to create the UK's first dedicated national radio station for blind and partially-sighted listeners.

The charity has consulted with the Radio Authority and BSkyB to pave the way for a 24-hour digital station.

"With 1.8 million people in Britain registered blind, not to mention all kinds of other people who have problems with reading for one reason or another, we know there is potentially a very large audience," said Nick Ward, director of fundraising and communications at St Dunstan's.

"Whereas most radio stations will briefly review the front pages of daily papers, for example, a dedicated blind service would have the time to read out the inside columns and features these newspapers contain."

Organisations including The Torch Trust for the Blind, The Royal London Society for the Blind and the Women's Radio Group, have said they would support the station.

St Dunstan's is now setting up a steering group and exploring channels of potential funding including grants, sponsorships, and advertising.

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