• TV Q&A: Why do local TV news anchors sometimes read the sports report?
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    TV Q&A: Why do local TV news anchors sometimes read the sports report?

    Q: Why do Channels 4 and 11 have their news anchors deliver the full sports reports from time to time? I was a sportscaster for WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, from 1981-93. Back in our day, sportscasters never did news, and news anchors and reporters never did sports. It was a matter of maintaining credibility. Our news director insisted that sports guys do sports, news people do news and the two never intersect. He believed that a station would lose credibility if the two combined, and I agreed with him then and agree even more these days. We both know the issue is money. I guarantee you the…

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