->''Okay, I apologize. That is a terrible scene. It's like, "Why was that in the movie? Gee, you think maybe it'll come back later, maybe?" I hate that. A TV's on, talking about the new power plant. Wonder where the climax will happen.''
-->-- '''Harry''', ''Film/KissKissBangBang''

The protagonist turns on the TV, listens to the radio, or skims the newspaper as part of a morning routine (or, in the case of going to the movies in the old days, seeing a newsreel before the movie begins) and we get some brief look at the big news, then some background noise small articles and local goings-on. Of course, by the LawOfConservationOfDetail, it's ''never'' really very small; even the most mundane or seemingly faraway events crash into the here and now with dramatic results.

That article about a new building opening? It will house the DoomsdayDevice MacGuffin. Reporter mentions sudden disappearance of a species? They're actually aliens going home. Radio announcement of an author cancelling his book tour? He's been silenced by the Brotherhood of Ancient Conspirators. Whatever the seemingly small-fry buzz, it may appear irrelevant or incidental right now but will turn out to be critical to the resolution of the plot.

Contrast IgnoredVitalNewsReports, in which the importance of a news item is obvious to the audience but the characters ignore it. This does not include news items that are purely {{Foreshadowing}}; to be Chekhov's News, the news must appear early on without obvious significance, and the payoff has to appear later in the work. Compare ChekhovsClassroom, where the information comes from school but is equally convenient.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/SummerWars'', there is a news report in the beginning about a satellite hurtling towards the Earth, but will land safely. [[spoiler:After everything has gone down, the satellite has been hacked and is now hurtling towards the BigFancyHouse everyone's living in.]]
* In ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'', there's a running news item involving a dirigible. At the climax, [[spoiler:it runs into trouble and Kiki must rescue her friend Tombo, who's desperately hanging from a rope on it]].
* At the beginning of an episode of ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'', Oreki walks past a bulletin board with several news flyers posted on it. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Oreki remembers one of them and correctly solves the mystery Chitanda created for him as a game.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* At the beginning of ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Lana Lang hears a news report mentioning the JLA is deployed overseas. When something starts tearing up Metropolis and Kara states the League will surely handle it, Lana warns they're out of the country.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', news items mention the disappearance of prominent scientists and artists. It turns out that this is related, not only to the mask-killer cases, but to something much, much bigger.
* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': In "Scooby Doo, When Are You?", a TimeMachine transports the gang to [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones the Flintstones' time]]. One of the examples of stone age technology introduced to the gang is a newspaper. Flint Pumice, a real estate developer featured in that newspaper turns out to be that story's ghost.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible is reading the newspaper with a headline about the disappearance of his former superhero colleague Gazerbeam. Later, when he's escaping from Syndrome, he finds Gazerbeam's skeleton in a cave--and notices he'd used his [[EyeBeams laser vision]] to carve the word "Kronos" into the wall before he died.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DateNight'' has an early mention of a local senate, an iconic broom and clean-up act who turns out to play a big part in why the heroes are getting chased down.
* Early in the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie, a random passerby mentions the 30th anniversary of a terrible lighting bolt that struck their monument in 1955. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, since plutonium was very rare at the time, 1955 Doc Brown uses the power of the bolt to fuel the [=DeLorean=] and get Marty back home]].
* In ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'', a TV news report near the beginning tells of a large block that has vanished from Stonehenge. This becomes significant [[spoiler:near the end, when Mr. Cochran reveals he's the one who stole the stone, and is using chips from it to sabotage his Silver Shamrock masks.]]
* {{Lampshade}}d in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', where the narrator expresses his contempt for the trope. It is later played straight by the film.
* Played with in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', where the news broadcasts describe the worsening ZombieApocalypse, but the characters never notice them.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' has a news telecast which mentions an escaped cheetah from the zoo. The pair later come across the cheetah and get high with it, before riding it.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', the Daily Prophet mentions a break-in at Gringotts that turns out to be an attempt at stealing the eponymous stone.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Harry hears a Muggle news report about the notorious mass-murderer Sirius Black. Turns out Sirius is a wizard, Harry's godfather, and not a murderer at all.
** Later [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Literature/OrderOfThePhoenix'', where Harry is listening in on Muggle news reports for any news of Voldemort's return. The only news item mentioned is about a pet bird who learned to water-ski, at which point Harry decides nothing important is going to be on after that if they've resorted to airing a fluff piece.
* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Master Blankard's Pawn", there's a news story that mentions a break-in at a pawn shop. Since the word "pawn" appears in the story's title, it's no surprise when this turns out to be significant.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': In ''CityOfFallenAngels'', Clary sees a news story about a newborn baby abandoned outside of a hospital, with a note attached by the infant's mother begging the authorities to kill him. It turns out that the baby was one many infants who would have otherwise been normal whose mothers agreed to be injected with demon blood. Unable to handle the demon blood, all the babies die, and in one scene, [[NightmareFuel Alec and Isabelle are horrified when they stumble upon a room full of the dead infants.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]", a passing mention of an art exhibition opening on the morning news later becomes a plot point.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]" starts with a radio broadcast about solar flares blocking out the signal. [[spoiler:Turns out, it was a response to a cry for help for the Doctor, and the answer of ''millions'' of return call.]]
* Wakana Sonozaki's radio show "Healing Princess" from ''Series/KamenRiderW''.
* Whenever there's a newspaper in Series/BabylonFive, it was made for freezeframe and contains ForeShadowing.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Intro to Political Science", as Troy and Abed are covering the Greendale election, the news scroll at the bottom of the frame foreshadows the plot lines of several future episodes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* News reports early in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' prominently mention [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow's Panchaea project]], which turns out to be TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. And additionally, the newsreader narrating those reports turns out to be a ChekhovsGunman.
* You can make this happen in ''VideoGame/PlagueInc''. Time your mutations right and you can spoil various events by infecting the attendees (and increasing the spread of your disease).
* In the first court case of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', you get to read a London newspaper about a bunch of jewel thefts across town, which has nothing to do with your case of assault. [[spoiler:It turns out that the last witness is one of those thieves, which provides a motive for ''her'' assault on your client, who had evidence of her theft.]]
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe''. The JustifiedTutorial has [[PlayerCharacter Jake]] [[TheAce Logan]] evaluating a novice flight instructor, and the tutorial's combat section has a group of drones go haywire and attack you. Later in the game, a news item reports that the instructor you evaluated saved her students when this happened again.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' game ''VisualNovel/DoubleCast'', such an event happens very early in the game if you go eat ramen with the main heroine; as you eat, a brief interview of a psychologist will be aired on the shop's TV. [[spoiler:Turns out that this psychologist was the one who attended the main heroine for her SplitPersonality in the backstory, and her testimony to the protagonist when he finds this out is crucial for solving the case.]]

* On page 135 of ''Webcomic/{{Crankrats}}'', a random newspaper blows across a panel with the headline: ''"Coronation of Prince Elliot. The End of General Mayfax's Reign?"''
* An Webcomic/{{XKCD}} comic titled ''[[http://xkcd.com/1387/ Clumsy Foreshadowing]]'' suggests imagining this trope is in force to make the news more interesting.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Throughout the first half of "Ayla and the Grinch", Ayla keeps making fun of the sleazy attempts of the various news channels to get ratings based on a series of deaths in the area, assumed to be the work of a serial killer nicknamed The Headhunter. Then Ayla ends up facing off against the killer to protect a theater full of beauty pageant contestants. It's something much, much worse than the newspeople thought.
* In the ''WebAnimation/CyanideAndHappiness'' short "Sad, Sad Larry," when Larry is trying to hang himself, the news discusses a chainsaw murderer on the loose. Later, when Larry is immobilized and hospitalized, the chainsaw murderer appears and, much to Larry's dismay, does not kill him.
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIajQIv7T5c&feature=share&list=UUPd3_ljdxr_2lFLz9_Zx-PQ The Shoe-In]]'', a guy named Kyle is going in for a job interview and hears a report on the radio about a suspect in a high-speed police chase that blew through roadblocks. Kyle seems unimpressed and even amused. The interview starts off pretty well, with them discussing Kyle's outstanding achievements [[spoiler:which were probably all made up]]. Things begin to turn around when the interviewer sees some of his drawings, all of which are penises. Then his background check comes in. It's revealed that Kyle has a criminal record that includes an attempted rape (of a puppy) and a murder (of the puppy's owner). When asked why he isn't in jail, Kyle states that he skipped bail.
-->'''Kyle:''' Do you know how many roadblocks I had to dodge in order to get to this interview on time?
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the day after [[spoiler:the Undersiders rob the bank]], that event is pushed off the front page of the local paper, the Bulletin, by a report of [[spoiler:a kidnapped child]] -- specifically, [[spoiler:Dinah Alcott, targeted by Coil for her precognitive abilities]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E2ALeafInTheWind A Leaf in the Wind]]", Korra hears of up-and-coming [[FictionalSport pro-bending]] team the Fire Ferrets and star player Mako via a live radio broadcast, and later meets the team, [[spoiler:making her debut as a pro-bender soon after]]. She's also seen reading the newspaper early in the episode, [[http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/Paratia/ThisGuyRightHere.png and on the back is a picture of Tahno,]] [[ChekhovsGunman who will later become her rival.]]