“Teleprompting’ Comic Relief’s Big Chat


Autoscript teleprompters were chosen for a landmark broadcast from Television Centre Studio Three in London on Thursday, 7 March. A six-screen system including four 17 inch LED displays and two 5.6 inch Miniscript prompters were deployed for the six-hour telethon Comic Relief’s Big Chat with Graham Norton.

“The teleprompting system was set up on the Tuesday ahead of rehearsals on the Wednesday,” explains Charlotte Latham, head of Rentals – Autoscript. “This was a 10 camera show of which six on-camera units were driven by an operator controlling a laptop PC running our WinPlus Prompting Software. The prompt script was routed via the studio control room to each camera in Studio Three. Live transmission took place from 7 pm on the Thursday right through to the small hours on Friday. The operator had to be on the ball and alert to sudden changes from production whilst supporting the presenters needs at all times.”

The evening was a great success for everyone involved. Graham Norton achieved his ambition of breaking the world record for the most questions asked during a television chat show, reaching a total of 175. During the programme viewers donated £1,022,982 for Comic Relief.

Autoscript produces a wide choice of TFT flat screen on-camera prompters, now including the LED backlit range, in sizes from 3.5 to 19 inches. These have greater clarity and higher contrast than earlier models in the series, and are more energy efficient. Miniscript 5.6 has all the functions of its larger TFT cousins including composite BNC and Hi-rose inputs. It weighs just 480 grammes, making it perfect for handheld ENG and Steadicam use.


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