A peek behind the scenes at QVC


Talkback pack drawerHello again!
It's been a quiet week and I don't have much to blog about so I thought I'd give you another peek behind the scenes at QVC. This time, some of the little things you don't see on air!

This is the drawer just outside the studios where we stop off to pick up our microphone and talkback before going on air. The talkback pack is the little unit attached to our earpiece which means we can hear the director and producer talking to us during shows.

MonitorsThese packs are hidden under our clothes, generally on a waistband if we're wearing trousers or a skirt, or on our bra strap or the back of our tights if in a dress. It is all very organised as you can see – they're all labelled with our names.

After a show we put them back on the shelf where the sticky tape says "Returns" – if we forget, we get a soundman chasing us to our dressing rooms! 

We have no script or autocue at QVC, so we need to read the product details off the screen, just as you do at home! When you see us glancing down, the monitors (pictured above left) are what we are looking at. We have two monitors in front of us – the left hand one shows the shot that is currently on screen. The right hand one shows us the shot that will be coming up next and also has a slightly magnified version of the product details which is easier for us to read from a distance.

Shelf on setThe piece of paper stuck onto the right hand side is a reminder for us of who the guests and models are… we do so many shows with so many different people it's easy to get mixed up!

We do have to bring notes onto the set with us though so we hide those on a little shelf somewhere – this picture (left) shows the shelf behind the clothes on a fashion show.

We also have a little table where we can put notes, make-up for quick touch-ups in the breaks, and glasses of water. Talking non-stop for a couple of hours at a time is a thirsty job!



Floor managerBehind the cameras, the floor manager (pictured left) is standing by ready to bring in the next item. We show something else on the screen while this happens… the floor managers are all very, very good at their jobs and it only takes a few seconds for them to whisk the previous item away and replace it with the next one!

And if you've ever wondered how the models turn around so perfectly in time with each other, here's another little secret – every fashion show has a second floor manager in the studio to act as a "twirler".

Second floor managerThe director can't talk directly to the models because they don't wear earpieces, so when the director wants the models to twirl, he/she tells the twirler, who raises a hand in the air to indicate to the models that they need to twirl (pictured left).

Finally, this is our view of the cameras (below left). There are four in the studio, usually just one or two of them operated by a camera person; the others work robotically and are controlled from the gallery where the producer and director sit.


CamerasI know some people hate cameras, and I actually really hate having my photo taken! But after working in TV for so many years, these cameras become like old friends – I love them.

That's it for now. If there's anything else you'd like to see or anything you've always wanted to know about QVC, do let me know and I will try to help! You can get in touch by leaving a comment on this blog (see below) or tweet me – my Twitter name is @jackiekabler.


I'm off on holiday for a couple of weeks from the 22nd (heading off for some African sunshine!) so I'll see you in February. Take care of yourselves!

Love Jackie x




  1. Beth January 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I’ve found it fascinating finding out what happens behind the camera! You’ve answered something which I’d wondered about too – how do the models know when to turn? I thought they’d do a “routine” beforehand but now I know!
    I take my hat off to anyone who can stand in front of a camera without a script, look natural and have to remember so many things! I hate standing up in front of people and talking so I couldn’t do it. All of you make it look so easy which it obviously isn’t..
    Have a wonderful holiday, enjoy and look forward to seeing you back safe and well,
    Beth XXX.

  2. patricia sutton January 22, 2014 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I would just like to say you are QVC best presenter by far. No shouting no me me me or look at me i am beautiful
    You look though you really love your job to which makes a big difference in a presenter.
    Have a lovely holiday

  3. Jackie Kabler January 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beth,
    Glad to be of service, and if there’s anything else you’ve wondered about at QVC, do let me know! Thanks for the kind wishes, see you in a couple of weeks when I’m back on screen!
    Love Jackie x

  4. Jackie Kabler January 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pat,
    That is such a lovely thing to say, thank you! I do really love the job so I’m glad that comes across. Thanks for getting in touch.
    Love Jackie x

  5. Gwen Tugwell January 23, 2014 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I totally agree with the lady who found your latest blog so interesting, so informative and it is nice to know what goes on behind the cameras as well as in front of them, and very true that some presenters are very overpowering.
    Have a good holiday.

  6. Jackie Kabler January 30, 2014 at 6:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Gwen
    Thanks for the nice words! I am indeed having a lovely holiday and I’ll see you all in February!
    Love Jackie x

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