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(Chron)   If all the local television newscasts sound the same to you, it's probably because they're all using the same set of phrases crafted by one man. "We begin with breaking news tonight"   (chron.com) divider line 29
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2013-07-03 04:37:59 PM
It's not just the phrases, they all use the same up and down cadence. They must teach that in Talking Head School.
 
2013-07-03 06:00:17 PM
I took journalism in high school, too.
 
2013-07-03 06:00:31 PM
 
2013-07-03 06:01:48 PM
And "one man"?  SmithGeiger only has one employee?
 
2013-07-03 06:05:12 PM

Ambitwistor: And "one man"?  SmithGeiger only has one employee?


His name: Ron Burgundy.
 
2013-07-03 06:05:45 PM
wondermark.com
 
2013-07-03 06:05:53 PM

Mugato: Talking Head School


i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-03 06:06:02 PM

"We begin with breaking news tonight. We still can't find Edward Snowden. It makes me mad as hell, AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!"


s3.amazonaws.com


/"Now to Janice for this weekend's weather!"

 
2013-07-03 06:06:29 PM
Yeah. I love when it's "...live from the scene of (last night's/yesterday's) (fire, crime, shooting)"  like the houses and stores need to be watched continuously in hopes they'll move back to the scene of the crime.
 
2013-07-03 06:14:50 PM
Cyno01:
wondermark.com

John "Bulldog" Drummond could not say the name of a Chicago suburb without adding a direction:

"South Suburban Harvey"
"West Suburban Cicero"
"Northwest Suburban Arlington Heights"

- Where are visiting from young man?
"Naperville."
- West Suburban Naperville

In action, the famous "Forsail of a tramp steamer!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8clmLk_SeOA

I'm sure the real mobsters LOL'd very time he talked about, "The Outfit," too.
 
2013-07-03 06:24:15 PM
This really rings a bell with me.  The "consultants" took over the newsrooms back in the early to mid '80s.  The mid market station I worked at used to do real news.  But then management hired some consultants.  The result was there was a "formula" we had to adhere to.  Real news went right out the window.  Fluff was was more important than real news as we were marketed as the "Good News" station.

If you couldn't put a happy face on it, it didn't make the air.
 
2013-07-03 06:27:36 PM
Let's go to Copter 7 and listen to loud engine noises.
 
2013-07-03 06:33:42 PM
The one that's starting to grate on me is the constant use of the word "crews." Fire crews, construction crews, their own news crews, power crews, or just generic crews as in, "Crews in Springfield are working to fix a water main break on Main Street." It's never "the fire department" or "the water company."
 
2013-07-03 06:40:23 PM
They weren't crafted by one man, they were collected by one man. Or one agency, whichever. I'm pretty sure they didn't coin the phrase "all new".
 
2013-07-03 06:40:38 PM
 
2013-07-03 06:49:21 PM
Or maybe if you live in a market where most of the stations are only owned by two companies. Local CBS, CW,ABC stations are all owned by Hoak Media. Local NBC and Fox stations are owned by Nexstar Broadcasting.
 
2013-07-03 06:54:06 PM
But will it prevent the frizzies?
 
2013-07-03 07:26:10 PM
This is why I can't stand watching TV news anymore. All I hear is the script. That and...

- Unimportant local stories treated as more important than genuinely important national or international stories

- "Now let's go live to the scene of something that stopped happening 6 hours ago just because we have a remote truck and we need to use it."

- Asking generic farkwits who happen to be passing by an on-location reporter what they think of something, instead of getting the informed opinions of people who actually know something about the subject at hand, so viewers can learn something

- Weather reporters for whom the narrow scope of their subject has caused them to say the same words in the same way day after day, often mashing them together (there's one in my neck of the woods who every morning reports that some areas have "patchydensevalleygroundfog" and pronounces the "fog" part as if it has 6 vowels: "foooooog")

Also...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtGSXMuWMR4
 
2013-07-03 07:30:36 PM

Buster 49: This really rings a bell with me.  The "consultants" took over the newsrooms back in the early to mid '80s.  The mid market station I worked at used to do real news.  But then management hired some consultants.  The result was there was a "formula" we had to adhere to.  Real news went right out the window.  Fluff was was more important than real news as we were marketed as the "Good News" station.

If you couldn't put a happy face on it, it didn't make the air.


So how'd your station fare against the one down the street that went with "If it bleeds, it leads?"

/Last radio station I worked for went for "Positive Radio." The owner couldn't even define what that meant, except that "It's POSITIVE!" That lack of definition killed it.  That he wanted to cheap out and do it all on AM instead of FM didn't help, either.
 
2013-07-03 07:48:01 PM
The problem with leading each and every newscast with "breaking news" is that after the millionth time of hearing it, it looses its power. Everyone just tunes it out now.
 
2013-07-03 08:15:41 PM
Stay Classy San Diego...
 
2013-07-03 08:16:30 PM
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2013-07-03 09:42:43 PM
In other news, water is wet!

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/It wouldn't be a proper obvious news-related thread without Fark's favorite newscaster reporting from the scene.
 
2013-07-03 10:47:53 PM
Is it the same guy who invented using the word "some" to mean "approximately"?

"Some 40 people were killed today..."
 
2013-07-03 11:37:47 PM
I'm sure Fark could come up with a few more stock phrases, ranging from the gripping to the absurdly inane.

Residents are in shock tonight as ...
In a surprising turn of events, ...
ANTS!  Ants the size of dinosaurs!  And now, the weather...
Hang on one second, folks.  (Mike- cut to camera crew two.  Do we have audio?  Gail?  Are you there?)...
It's not every day when you see the word "penis" in relation to...
Fire and rescue crews got the surprise of their lives when...
Death lurks around every corner at a local...
If there's one smell that every coroner is familiar with, it's...
 
2013-07-03 11:45:10 PM
Good night and good luck.
 
2013-07-04 12:44:37 AM
All Nude.
 
2013-07-04 08:32:08 AM

Ambitwistor: Don LaFontaine?


Don LaFontaine! That guy ruled! I loved his work there was no comparison for his voice. The ones he did in the movie "Scrooged" were hilarious!
 
2013-07-04 09:56:17 AM

Cretony38: Ambitwistor: Don LaFontaine?

Don LaFontaine! That guy ruled! I loved his work there was no comparison for his voice. The ones he did in the movie "Scrooged" were hilarious!


In a world....
 
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