Thursday, April 10, 2008

Global - CTV - CBC Newscasts in Regina

Watch any of these television newscasts in Regina, Saskatchewan and you will see the following if the story being presented features an interview with a local person.
The anchor will introduce the story, then the reporter will introduce the story either on or off camera, then the person who will be interviewed is going to do some of these activities before they actually speak.

  • You will see a door open, and out walks the person past the camera.
  • Person walks down a hallway, sidewalk, whatever - past the camera.
  • Person does one of the above, walks into an office, sits down, picks up the telephone and pretends to receive or make a telephone call - or picks up a pen, and pretends to start working on something - or sits down at a computer and starts plunking away on the keyboard.
  • Person does one of the walking scenarios, walks into an office, whips over to a file cabinet, opens it up, extracts a file and pretends to look at the information.

There are more of these moronic goings on but these examples will suffice.

Hey there reporters! We don't need to see people doing these idiotic things. Yeah, it's nice to know you are able to train humans to do these things, but nobody cares to see a person walk or pretend to do something.
Why don't the reporters change it up a bit. Show themselves walking past the camera?

Now we go on to Global TV local news.
Once or twice during the newscast we see a promo telling us that the newscast now continues.
It features the anchor looking at us for an excruciating long time. It's so long she starts blinking. This is painful to watch. But wait, there's more. She then folds her arms.

Folding arms is one of the standard things you will see in any promotion of a newscast or news person. Media consultants have determined that when a person folds arms on television, the viewer connects better. The gang over at Global have bought into this.

Here are some of the other things that can be seen for a promotions on various stations:

  • The person will be standing sideways to us, then they will slowly turn their head toward the camera and fold their arms
  • The person walks toward the camera, stops, smiles and folds their arms or puts their hands in their pockets.
  • One of the above and the person then does that routine you see in pictures all the time - place their hand under their chin or somewhere on their face

I don't know about you, but when I see a person doing this, it just gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. It feels as if I have known this person my whole darn life and I can trust them.

I want to grow up to be a newsperson. However, I will be a humble newsperson. I am not going to refer to myself as a local celebrity, as so many of them extort, if I'm doing a story about how me and other so called local celebrities got together to do something. A celebrity is in the eyes of the beholder. I do not consider a news anchor or a reporter a celebrity.

Coming soon - Brain dead sports announcer statements.

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