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What is this thing (shown by the arrow) in front of news presenters? Sometimes (sometimes→as I've seen) they press a button on that.. What's it called? Its purpose?

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  • Video of them pushing on it might help give context. The only thing I would think they would need to push would be some sort of interaction with a prompt machine.
    – user3643
    Oct 28, 2016 at 22:06
  • Looks like a digital clock to me
    – MoritzLost
    Oct 29, 2016 at 14:43
  • @fredsbend what would pressing it do to a tele-prompter?
    – user152435
    Apr 12, 2017 at 17:39
  • Pause or play the scroll. Sometimes the scroll moves too fast or slow, so you might need to adjust it mid-speech.
    – user3643
    Apr 12, 2017 at 18:07
  • But usually someone off screen does it as they pay close attention to the speaker's pace. Having the speaker do mysterious things with an unknown machine distracts audiences, as clearly evidenced by your question.
    – user3643
    Apr 12, 2017 at 18:09

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