A totally blind women became one of the world's first blind announcers to read the news from braille on Saturday (7 February) when she broadcast over Radio Sri Lanka in Colombo.
GV EXTERIOR: Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters, Colombo.
SV: Blind woman newsreader, Miss Biso Menike (centre) and other broadcasting staff
CU PAN INTERIOR: from another newsreader reading news, to Miss Menike taking it down in braille. (3 shots)
SV AND CU: Miss, Menike enters studio and seated
CU: Miss. Menike reads news from braille script. (3 shots)
LV: Radio makes over broadcasting headquarters.
LV EXTERIOR: House in Colombo.
SV and CU INTERIOR Radio listeners hear Miss. Menike broadcasting news bulletin. (3 shots)
Initials RH/1845 RH/PK/MR/1865
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Background: A totally blind women became one of the world's first blind announcers to read the news from braille on Saturday (7 February) when she broadcast over Radio Sri Lanka in Colombo.
She is Miss. Biso Menike, a 24 year old university graduate employed by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. She reads the "News in Brief" bulletin, running her fingers over a braille script.
The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation's Director General, Mr. Ridgeway Tillekaratne, said that he believed that Miss Menike was the world's first blind woman to read the news from braille.
Miss Menike prepares her own bulletins and, gains additional information for her newscasts, by monitoring the main news bulletins broadcasting by other announcers.
Miss Menike was born blind. After receiving her early education at a school for the blind, she graduate to high school and then university where she obtained an honours degree in General Arts.
She originally joined Radio Sri Lanka as a typist. However, Mr. Tillekaratne trained her for news reading.