Fox TV affiliate replaces paper scripts with Apple iPads

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple iPads are flying off the shelves faster than the company can manufacture them,” Arthur Greenwald reports for TVNewsCheck. “Among the early adopters is one enterprising broadcaster that has discovered an immediate and practical application.”

“Last week, news anchors and producers at Barrington Broadcasting Group’s WFXL Albany, Ga., replaced their paper scripts with electronic versions displayed on the iPad,” Greenwald reports. “‘By using the iPad, we’re saving hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper annually,’ says News Director Terry Graham, who also anchors the news at 6:30 and 10 p.m. at the Fox affiliate. ‘Our projected savings per month are $800, or about $9,600 per year.’ That easily covers the cost of the initial six entry-level iPads, which retail for $499.”

“Newscast scripts are composed as usual. But rather than printing to paper, the final version is formatted as a PDF file and transmitted to each iPad via e-mail,” Greenwald reports. “The PDF translation is handled by iAnnotate by Aji.LLC, a $7 program sold and downloaded via Apple’s App Store.”

Greenwald reports, “Based upon savings in paper alone, Graham says he’ll probably be purchasing more iPads. And he says he expects that once it confirms the savings, Barrington will encourage other stations in its portfolio to put them to work on their anchor desks.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPad could end up causing more CO2 offsetting than all of the environmental groups, summits, speeches, and legislative schemes combined.

[Via. 9 to 5 Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. I just did a report for one of my classes on the effect of the iPad in the coming years. The fact that the iPad has just about the perfect size of comfort(thanks RnD) it can help in the most responsible of way reduce waste, hence proving innovation in technology and common sense will help reduce the carbon footprint. It will also help schools be able to make a great investment and save money on paper too.

  2. This is the kind of thing the naysayers either fail to consider or choose to ignore. The list of real world uses for an iPad is long, and I will be shocked if it doesn’t become a massive success. As I said when the original iPhone came out, this is an amazing device even in it’s first generation. Give it a couple of years to mature a bit and it’s going to be unbelievable.

  3. Wow. It will pay for itself in paper savings alone in about 4 months. One question though: Was the iPad designed to withstand constant exposure to hot air?

  4. As I anticipated, it’s great to see how many new and specific uses there are for the iPad, with more being realized each day, from the above newsroom scenario, to doctors offices, to corporate intranets. The applications are endless, the cost easily do-able because of the productivity return. This is just such a winner for Apple, and the news every day brings stories (the 98-year old woman who can now read) of the iPad becoming a part of our lives.
    And people who were initially skeptical of the hype,are now realizing this is just a great product.
    As John Jacob Astor said, “Buy and Hold”.

  5. ok, how about power for an iPad, how can you add that into the equation? I am all about showing the iPad as being superior to paper, but we need to show the Total Cost of Ownership. I think when we get numbers on power, specific apps, and reduction of paper, I think we will start getting a better idea of just how much a game changer the iPad really is…

  6. Jobs and Co. spent probably more than a decade or more bringing the Apple tablet to it’s final form. That’s a lot of meetings with Steve saying “This is %$#@!” If they felt the intersection of form and function is finally correct then this thing will find more uses than we can imagine. Good luck trying to catch up to this one.

  7. Cool, not the use of iPad for a paperless office, that’s a no-brainer. Cool because this thread, somehow, is gonna explode in left vs right talking points and I’m following it with great interest what’s going to ignite the flame. I have my popcorn ready now!

  8. It saves paper – emotional response is it saves trees, trees create oxygen, saves the planet (?) etc.

    Reality tells us that manufacturing an iPad takes far more resources than a few sheets of paper and creates a LOT of toxic waste and general production crap.

    Paper can also be recycled – reality is that if the TV station recycled ALL of the scripts, then not too much is lost.

    But that wouldnt make a good story, would it?

  9. “Give it a couple of years to mature a bit and it’s going to be unbelievable.”

    You mean give Apple a couple of upgrade cycles to milk our money from new models by adding features that should’ve been there in the first place.

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