smartmoney saidJust to be clear, teleprompter readers are not reporters or journalists, they are generally empty headed idiots who look good on camera and can read and talk at the same time. The moron on this clip is the perfect example, proof was when he tried to speak without words in front of him, it sounds like a trained seal barking out nonsense.
He got fired? I was shocked he had a job.
Often true, one of the reasons a slang term used for them is "talking heads". Though that term is now also applied despairingly to some news commentators, whose knowledge of the things that comment upon can be very shallow.
At the same time, in small markets that can't afford a large staff, the news anchors must often write their own copy, so they need at least some brains.
When I did an on-camera audition for WCBS-TV Channel 2 News in NYC in 1977 I got 2 curves thrown at me on purpose. One happened when we simulated breaking for a commercial. A floor manager (FM) handed me a "breaking story" I was told to read cold, no teleprompter, as we came out of the commercial. It was timed so I'd have but a second to scan it, and it looked defective to me.
Instead I continued with the next segment as planned, figuring I'd wait till we broke to a "live feed" less than a minute away, when I'd be off camera and could read the thing properly. It was the correct decision, because the paper copy was impossible to read, making no sense.
I later saw the tape of another person who auditioned, who had taken the bait. They got about 3 sentences into this "story" when they realized it was unreadable, total gobbledegook, and fumbled to get out of it. They failed the audition.
The other thing they did was to send something crashing in the studio. I had to decide if the sound was great enough to have been picked up on my lavaliere mic, requiring an impromptu explanation to the home "audience". I thought it was, so I casually apologized with a smile that we'd had a minor mishap in the studio but everything was under control, and returned to my copy. I passed that test, too.
I was actually offered a job, but I declined. I wanted to return to active duty service after I completed my Theatre and Broadcasting degrees. I'll always wonder if I made a bad mistake to resume my Army career. Or if I would have ended up like this news guy in North Dakota, a place where I also would end up one day for other reasons.