Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greetings to Anchors Can Serve as a Cue

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greetings to Anchors Can Serve as a Cue

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Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries.

Q.: "Good morning, Charlie, Norah and Gayle," "Good morning, Charlie, Norah and Gayle." What the heck, Rob? How many times does CBS have to say howdy to the morning crew? The correspondents are reporting to me the viewer and every time there is a story change, it's the same maddening greeting. I'm just glad there aren't two more members on set.

Rob, this is ridiculous. Why don't they just say "Hello"? It drives me mad as I read my beloved PG in the morning. I tried calling the network number in the PG but to no avail. I know Charlie and his female correspondents, and I don't have to be reminded within two segments who they are.

-- Nancy, 78, Whitehall

Rob: I've noticed that affectation, too, and I have to assume it's an edict.

"CBS This Morning" executive producer Chris Licht explains, "We have the correspondents say our anchors' names for a couple of reasons. First, we think it's a polite and natural way to greet someone in the morning. But in addition, it sometimes serves as a production element that lets our anchors and control room know when a correspondent has finished reporting. That said, we appreciate the feedback - we're always trying to grow and evolve the show."

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Q.: I thought I read once where networks are legally obligated to run the credits at the end of a show. Is there a loophole that says these credits don't actually have to be legible? I refer to two situations: 1) the end of a first-run network or cable show where the credits are mortised on a screen along with previews of coming episodes and are barely decipherable. 2) the umpteenth run of a theatrical movie where they zip the credits by at light speed, and even if you freeze the frame, the letters are so pixilated it looks as though everyone concerned is in witness protection. I realize that time is money. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

-- Jay, 64, Pittsburgh

Rob: There is no law that end credits must be run, but there are some guild contracts that stipulate credits must be shown. …

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