This Just In


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A news anchor is in the midst of some dull story when they're handed a stack of papers from off-screen. They immediately turn their attention to this new story, often beginning with "This Just In..."

Sometimes seen as "Breaking News" on twenty-four hour news networks. Older programs might use "We interrupt this program..." or "This just handed me--".

Often seen in Kent Brockman News.


This just in: Examples!

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings us this line in almost all the Weird Newscasters segments.
  • The first episode of Dinosaurs opened with this news report: "A giant meteor is on a collision course with the Earth that will result in the extinction of all dinosaurs! ...This Just In: No, it's not."
  • Once on The Day Today, Chris would repeatedly interrupt Alan's sports news segment with breaking reports about John Major having punched The Queen.
  • Parodied on Saturday Night Live in the early days, as Chevy Chase would often announce on the Weekend Update segment "This just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead."

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • In one Rocko's Modern Life short, after a TV news chopper crashes while covering a traffic jam, an anchorman is handed a piece of paper to report further traffic delays on the roads caused by a helicopter crash.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Chet Youbetcha uses this to the point of it being a Catch Phrase.
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