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idiot board

n
(Broadcasting) a slang name for Autocue
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Back in the days when idiot boards and teleprompters didn't exist, he'd make us go to the studio early and get to know each guest before we interview them on air.
The programme is based on the book series by author Christopher Winn - so here's something that you never knew about Chris: he used to hold up the idiot boards on Wogan with all of Terry's questions written on them.
The series is based on the book by author Christopher Winn - who used to hold up the idiot boards on Wogan with all Terry's questions.
The series is based on the book by author Christopher Winn - so here's something you never knew about Chris: he used to hold up the idiot boards on Wogan with all Terry's questions on them.
We use idiot boards, with the dialogue in large type, but he didn't need them.
With Peter, I was slightly worried because I had heard stories from friends who worked on the Harry Potter films about Richard Harris being [drunk], having to have huge idiot boards and earpieces, and having had temper tantrums.
So George the applause machine man takes over -he gets his lines from shoe soles and idiot boards -and becomes a star.
Quite a number of on-cam TV talents don't even know how to read written spiels or idiot boards properly.
Surely when you're conveying your deeply-held political thoughts direct to the viewers, it's much more convincing if you're not reading them off idiot boards.