What news anchors do during commercials

  • CincyBOJ

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    Jul 23, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:12 PM GMT
    to funny
    wonder how often they trained to get it right
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    OMG, anecdote: when I was a college Broadcasting major, I would anchor a taped campus news program, for airing over their CCTV to the dorms and common areas. The school also provided a copy to a local cable outlet.

    To make for a realistic industry experience for us as students, we taped the program in real time, without interruption. We inserted timed break-aways for the cable people to use for advertising, and PSAs (public service announcements) for the campus, during which the cameras remained hot and the tape continued to run, as you saw in that clip.

    One time a friend of mine was the floor manager (FM) who throws you your visual cues, especially essential before the days of earpieces for the anchor. During one break-away he got the warning over his headset from the control booth that we were coming out of the break, but he didn't give me the hand signal.

    Instead, he said to me from off-camera: "Tom! You've got something hanging out of your nose!"

    I stuck my finger up my nostril, just as he wickedly threw me the "on-air" cue, and the red on-air tally light on my camera lit up. I glanced over at the studio monitor, and there I was, picking my nose on-air.

    The whole studio crew broke up laughing, myself included, and the director yelled to cut the tape. We could, in special cases, rewind the tape and start over from the last segment, since we weren't really live, which is what we did. The FM got into a little trouble over that, but he had a devilish sense of humor, and I got even with him in a later dramatic production. Fun times. icon_biggrin.gif
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jul 23, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    Yay, Chicago news! I like those two. Now let's find some footage of anchors who are hating on each other at the break.
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    Jul 23, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    I believe it was an "over the years" thing. They would add another move/combo after they mastered the previous and it got to the point where it would take the entire break to finish.
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    Jul 23, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    They smoke. Get dabbed for shine. Have a bitch match with the producer (though not all the time).

    I was with an anchor for a few years and I can honestly say it's about 6 minutes of actual on-air time. Throwing to tape, commercials, sports, weather takes up all the rest of the time.

    Loved the weather guy though. I never enjoyed him on-air, but having an audience (me) made him light up and become really funny.
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    Jul 23, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    One of my dearest and closest friends is producer of 6 PM news at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland. O the stories she has. They seriously get in shouting matches over who gets more face time on camera and they argue over SECONDS. SECONDS!!!
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    Jul 23, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    They drink scotch. Scotchy-scotch-scotch.
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    Jul 23, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    Actually, I thought they would have a contest to see who can blow the biggest spit bubble, or if the BBC is more generous with our licence fee money - a bubble gum contest. Mind you, the BBC is not a commercial channel, so this bubble blowing contest takes place during reports. icon_lol.gificon_smile.gificon_redface.gif