talking head

Television Slang. a closeup picture of a person who is talking, especially as a participant in a talk show.
Slang. a person whose talk is empty and pretentious.

1965–70 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
talking head
(on television) a person, such as a newscaster, who is shown only from the shoulders up, and speaks without the use of any illustrative material

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Slang Dictionary

talking head definition

  1. n.
    a television news reader or announcer whose head and neck appear on the screen. (See also meat puppet.) : I've had it with talking heads. I can read the paper and learn as much in twenty minutes.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Unless they're a talking head on television, at which point it becomes a
Get your news from people who are experts is their field, not some talking head.
The best conclusion from all this is how to have a successful career as a
  talking head.
Coming out as a talking head will get you some attention.
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