This just in. Hubert Schlafly, the man jointly credited with the invention of the teleprompter, has died at the age of 91. Often known in this country as the Autocue, Schlafly's creation has become an indispensable piece of broadcasting equipment, releasing newsreaders from the necessity of memorising scripts, and helping politicians to appear sincere by seeming to look their voters in the eye.
It has also brought many benefits. Chief among these is the sense of security that it falsely lulls presenters into. Without the help of a failed Autocue, the world would have been denied the epic shambles of the Brit Awards in 1989 when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood stumbled over their words, failed to