Put down that knife

July 23, 2002

It may be hard to believe, but it was only a decade or so ago that TV and radio broadcasters resorted to knife play to meet their deadlines. As the clock ticked, editors hurriedly cut and spliced segments of audio tape and news footage using sharp blades and bits of transparent tape. The time pressure on editors, combined with their primitive editing methods, could make the broadcast of the evening news, something most people take for granted, anything but routine.

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