Conan sends up local TV stations for parroting the same script. But why does this happen? Because networks send scripts and video to affiliates daily.
Paul Farhi Wash Post: The “salty” story was produced by an “affiliate service,” CNN Newsource, and syndicated to dozens of stations around the country. Stations not only get prepackaged footage from such services, but a script that introduces the footage, as well. Stations then “localize” the canned package by having one of their anchors read the one-size-fits-all copy.
Farhi calls it a “local trend” but these daily feeds with scripts have been served up by networks for decades.
In the 1970s ABC’s feed was called “ABCDEF.” ABC Daily Electronic Feed. When I was a TV news anchor at an NBC affiliate, NBC’s daily feed was recorded on videotape reels and the scripts were conveyed on a special teletype machine. It was TV’s equivalent of wire service rip-and-read.
Anyway, Conan wants to meet Cami Mountain, anchoress in Wausau, Wisconsin: