If you watch Conan O’Brien you’ll know he has an amusing segment that pokes fun at various news stations across the country that all seem to have news anchors reading the exact same script to one particular story. To most people, it seems pretty hilarious and unoriginal and those late night talk shows would make it seem like it’s a terrible thing, but is there really something wrong with it?
Local newscast producers try to vary their shows with material that isn’t limited to their general area. A big story could be happening in a city other than their own and the affiliate from their network in the city where the story is happening could simply share the video and script with any of the other affiliates.
This happens a lot with feature stories or entertainment stories where the network may send one affiliate’s story on a feed and that story gets picked up by the other affiliates. Those scripts are easily shared and there you have the story that everyone seems to have which makes it onto shows like “Conan.”
I found the perfect explanation for how the same stories end up on newscasts around the country right here on Patrick’s Place. It explains perfectly why this can happen and if there’s really a problem when it does.
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