Television Prompters

Prompting during a television production may be necessary to aid recall of forgotten lines, as an aide-mémoire in the form of a list of subjects to be covered, or the complete text (unlearned) to be read to camera as if delivered spontaneously.

Prompt card

The aide-mémoire type of prompting is often met in current affairs or educational productions. In its simplest form it may be a large card held up by the floor manager as near to the presenter’s eye-line as possible (when he/she is not on camera).

Hearing aid

A more sophisticated communications aid is the unobtrusive hearing aid worn by the presenter and connected to the director’s microphone by a switch. The director operates the switch when he wishes to pass cues, ...

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