WSIL — the ABC affiliate serving southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri — has replaced paper copies of scripts with iPads.

Getting rid of physical scripts will save the station an estimated $4,000 a year in paper costs, according to the WSIL website. Paper scripts — kept on hand in case of a teleprompter failure — are printed for each anchor and can generate as many as 100 pages for a half-hour newscast.

“After more than 20 years of flipping script paper, it took some getting used to,” 5 p.m. anchor Mark Kiesling said. “But I was sold after the first newscast.” Read more