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Things I Hate About TV: Local anchors thanking national anchors

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 9th 2006 9:04AM

Al RokerYou know what I mean. You're watching some national TV show, usually a morning show, and the national anchor or weatherperson, maybe Al Roker, will say something like, "that's the national weather, now here's the weather in your area," and they'll switch to the local weatherperson who says, "thanks Al! Yeah, it's gonna be cold today..."

Why do they do this? Do they think that TV viewers are idiots? That we think, "gee, everyone on TV is in the same place and knows each other! And they all live in my box in the living room!" Give me a break. I watch the syndicated Daily Buzz every morning (side note: I love you Andrea), and Mitch gives the national weather forecast, and then throws it to local affiliates, and Rich, the guy in Boston, always says, "thanks Mitch."

Rich, Mitch probably has no idea who you are, so can you stop thanking him? Thanks. Now I take you back to Katie Couric in New York...Katie? 

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