The device was developed by C4 News director Martin Collett using web and flash technology that takes control of ITN's automation system.
The technology allows the presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, to play material directly from the ITN broadcast server including live rendered graphics and flash sequences. He can also play in sound bites and pre-cut pictures or bring up live feeds of events.
Guru-Murthy said: "The touch screen gives me a brilliant degree of control and directness with the viewer as live events unfold. We've always enjoyed being early adopters at C4.”
A spokeswoman for C4 added: “The new technology is a way of presenting material in a new/different way. The presenter gains more control over the system, but the production needs behind the scene are pretty much the same.”