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Television News, 4th Edition by Ray Alexander, Ivor Yorke

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Production and presentation

As tension rises among the editorial staff in the newsroom, at the same time the focus of the entire news operation begins to shift inexorably towards the production and technical teams who will shortly be involved in turning all that journalistic effort into a television broadcast. The keys to this can be found in the studio and its adjacent output suite or control room. Computer terminals link everything. The news journalists must always remind themselves that computers do not make mistakes. They are only tools. Only people make mistakes – even if that includes the people who programmed the computer software in the first place!

The control room

Not unlike the bridge of an oil supertanker or the cockpit of a transatlantic ...

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