On-Air Prompter for Radio News

Burli presents two views of newscast scripts: the default edit view for preparing the newscast, and a scrolling view for on-air delivery:

Edit view

Scrolling (on-air) view

Textual changes to the script’s stories must be performed in edit view, whereas story additions, deletions, and sequencing can be performed in either view. Burli automatically synchronizes script changes between workstations. This allows a person in the newsroom to update the newsreader’s on-air script. When another user makes a textual change to a script, the on-air workstation displays that story using a light-yellow background to notify the on-air newsreader that the story has been updated.

The Burli In-queue is always visible in the top half of the Burli screen, no matter if the script (in the bottom half of the screen) is in edit view or scrolling view. The on-air newsreader can read text and play audio out of the in-queue or data filter, then resume the scrolling view newscast. Click here for a full screenshot that shows how the scrolling view appears in relation to the script’s story list and in-queue.


The scrolling view toolbar includes, from left to right, the current clock time, a user-configurable timer, the queued audio clip, a button to stop audio playback, and a button to display the script in edit view.

To configure the stopwatch, right-click it. Burli provides three timer methods: the Stopwatch method to display the cumulative time of a newscast; the Interval countdown method to time a newscast that must last a specific number of minutes and seconds, and the Clock countdown method to meet a known clock time, such as the resumption of a network feed at exactly six minutes past the hour.


Audio clips appear as buttons within the scrolling view. When the audio clip is playing, countdown information is displayed on the button, and on Burli’s main status bar along the bottom of the screen. The button’s colour turns to yellow when five or less seconds of audio are remaining. Burli looks for the text [clip] to position audio clips within stories, as illustrated in the two screenshots at the top of this page. If Burli does not find enough [clip] markers to match the number of actual clips, the buttons for those remaining clips appear at the end of the story body in scrolling view.

Using scrolling view

To toggle between edit view and scrolling view: Click the last button in the script’s toolbar, or press Control-V on the keyboard. To enlarge the script’s display area Drag-and-drop the horizontal bar that separates the top and bottom parts of the Burli screen. To view the bottom half full-screen, press Ctrl-Z (zoom) on the keyboard.

To scroll the script using the mouse 

Move the mouse pointer into the scrolling view — the pointer changes to an open hand. Click and hold the left button — the pointer changes to a clenched hand. Drag the mouse up or down to move the scrolling script.

To scroll the script using the keyboard 

Press the numeric keypad’s plus (+) key to advance the script; click the minus (-) key to rewind the script. Note that script control by keyboard can be conducted entirely by the right hand over the numeric keypad.

To play the queued audio clip using the mouse 

Left-click the audio clip’s button in the script. To play the queued audio clip using the keyboard Press the numeric keypad’s multiplication (*) key. Burli always displays a green dot next to the queued audio clip, both in edit view and scrolling view. When the queued clip starts playing, Burli automatically queues the next audio clip. To play the queued audio clip using a remote control device Press the remote control device’s audio play button.
To queue a specific audio clip Right-click the audio clip. Burli displays a green marker on the clip to indicate that it is queued.

To play an unqueued audio clip

Left-click it with the mouse. Burli plays the clip, then queues the next audio clip.