Wednesday, January 11, 2012

KPRC 2 anchors use tablet for scripts on air


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KPRC Local 2 anchors Bill Balleza and Dominique Sachse with the Barnes and Noble Nook instead of TV news paper scripts.


An eagle eyed reader of mine wrote to me right before Christmas and said he saw KPRC anchors using a tablet instead of paper scripts during a newscast. Sounds like Santa brought some stocking stuffers early for the Houston NBC affiliate.

"We’re using Nooks (ed. note: Nook is by Barnes and Noble) instead of paper scripts on set," KPRC 2 Vice President/Creative Services Director Mike Guerrieri told mikemcguff.com. "It’s a custom program we wrote that updates scripts in real time."

Very high tech.

In my ephemeral time at KIAH 39 (and before I showed up I presume) anchor Mia Gradney used an iPad instead of paper scripts too.

22 comments:

  1. based on the picture, it appears they have the Tablets and still use paper -- just another fake claim, with fake Sachse leading the way, by a station claiming to be something it is not. Nothing this station does will improve its reputation for all things fake, tabloid and sensationalized.

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  2. Those tablets are a LIE! Anchors are still using paper scripts on-air. Would believe they are using the tablets as scripts if the tablets weren't to their side and that paper is still visible on the desk. Iain Page and Jennifer Reyna were still using paper scripts on the 11 am news this morning.

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  3. I guess I should say they are using tablets in addition to scripts as the photo shows. It's probably still being tested at this point.

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  4. Old habits die hard and technology fails.
    Until the anchors are completely comfortable with paperless scripts, you're always going to see them.

    As we learned with Mia, once the comfort level reaches a certain point, the need to print scripts as a backup dimishes until it's no longer necessary.
    Even then, paper scripts are no more than a quick print job away.

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  5. Ah, isn't it cute to see little ol' K-PRiCk try to look all adult-like? Those guys really just want to make me watch the local PBS station while I am drunk. Elmo sounds really funny at 3 AM while plastered from a night of drinking 7 Jack and Cokes along with a 12 pack of Shiner.

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  6. Reyna can't read, so any script is useless on old Dr Zira.

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  7. KPRC is a technology leader in the same vein as Mike Tyson is a philosophy leader.

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  8. Why are you people so hateful? I was taught if you didn't have something nice to say keep quiet.

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  9. I was taught to speak the truth, even if it hurts some (usually blind loyalists) to hear it.

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  10. There's no need for McGuff to apologize above, he did nothing wrong. McGuff just quoted what KPRC's less-than-accurate (honest?) VP had said to him:
    "We’re using Nooks INSTEAD of paper scripts on set..."

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  11. No, I think you were probably taught if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it to their face, but behind their back. That's the Southern way!!

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    1. I assure you, if I ever encounter any of the KPRC hacks, implant recipients, poor-decision-making management team members, inept anchors, etc., I will tell them face-to-face how worthless their entire on air product is. That's how I roll.

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  12. Haters will always hate.

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  13. Haters of KPRC's women need to realize deep down you are all just jealous.

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    1. Anyone who watched this morning has a right to complain. Reyn is beyond helpless. Conflenti thinks he's the news. And Freeman butchers all stories, even giving up on one about girl scout cookies because she couldn't read her writing. (yep...not using a tablet.....)
      And what is up with her Jim Halpert facial expressions and drama queen hand gestures?

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  14. Anonymous is how you roll? State who u are and quit hiding. If you dont like channel 2 then be upfront about it and identify yourself. "That's how I roll," is a funny statement.

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  15. Yes, anon make up a name like medimatime. He/she is being really upfront about who they are!

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  16. Questions:

    1. Has NBC ever considered purchasing KPRC and;

    2. Will it help matters there or not?

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  17. Come on guys. Just search "rScript" on the Android market.

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  18. Last station went all ipads, on scripts again somewhere else. Loved those ipads. Inconspicuous , immediate updates, could move scripts and revive them if needed so much easier.

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