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->''"Has anyone ever noticed Fry always turns the TV on at ''just'' the right moment?"''
-->-- '''Bender''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

Any television or radio accidentally turned on during a tension-filled moment will automatically display a news story relevant to or actually about the current source of dramatic tension. Incidentally, the broadcast will either be just starting or give enough detail for the characters (and viewers) to know what's going on, even if the characters turn on the television on advice from a telephone call. Often the news reporter will come off slightly MediumAware, saying something like "We repeat..." or (more realistically) "For those of you just tuning in..." From watching this broadcast, the viewer(s) will gain an insight -- or a kick in the pants -- which will launch the next phase of the story. They will also never start mid-word when turning on the channel.

This is also rapidly becoming a DiscreditedTrope considering how many sources parody this convention, even if the rise of 24-hour rolling news networks makes it much easier to HandWave nowadays. Can be an example of WorstNewsJudgementEver, if the story doesn't merit its place in the headlines.

SubTrope of ContrivedCoincidence.

Overlaps with EndangeringNewsBroadcast or IgnoredVitalNewsReports. Compare with ChekhovsClassroom, ChekhovsNews, SpecificSituationBooks, SuspiciouslySpecificSermon, and YourTelevisionHatesYou (the gag version). See also CrystalBallScheduling, EmergencyBroadcast, LearnedFromTheNews, NewsMonopoly, PracticalVoiceOver, ThisJustIn, and WeInterruptThisProgram.




[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A slightly different version of this trope happens in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Joseph quickly switches between different channels to get a complete message; it's justified as manipulating machinery to see the future is the power of his Stand.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': When the Black Knights get their new [[strike:RV]] mobile fortress, one of the first things they do is check out the TV set -- which happens to be broadcasting news of the hoteljacking incident. Conveniently, it's right at the start of the incident, allowing them to move in and save the day.
* Slight variation in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' episode 36 where the Guardian's description of a place full of flowers happens to match a newspaper article in front of them instead of a news broadcast.
* In ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', when Hiro walks in on Nowaki and his coworker Tsumori sleeping on the floor of Hiro and Nowaki's apartment, a news broadcast about a famous married actor being caught with another woman is on the TV. It is however, NotWhatItLooksLike.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. Yakumo stays the night at Harima's house when there's a black out. He turns the radio just in time to hear the DJ say that a black out is a good time to do ThisAndThat.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei sees a nature documentary that perfectly describes (at least in his perspective) how he's taken over the lives of his adoptive family, prompting him to set out on his own.
* In ''Anime/MyNeighborsTheYamadas'', when the family turn their car around and head back to the supermarket to find the missing Nonoko, a song about a lost kitten plays on their radio.
* ''LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo'': This happens a lot in the two OVAs… until you realize that the BigBad of the first OVA invoked this trope when a magazine mentions the mysterious SerialKiller as [[spoiler: the first step of the EvilPlan to get the protagonist LuredIntoATrap]]. All of the other cases play the trope straight.
* One episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' has one of Aramaki's political contacts call him and ask if he's watching the news. When Aramaki says no, he urges him to turn it on, just in time for Aramaki to hear the start of a breaking news development.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/AlphaFlight started this way.
* Done in the first issue of ''ComicBook/MegaMan'', when Dr. Light finds out about Wily's attack. Though at least the reporter is in mid-sentence when he turns it on.
* This was a staple of Creator/FrankMiller's older works, especially ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' and ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.
* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': In the debut of the Queen of Fables, shortly after she awakens in the modern world, she mistakes a TV for a magic mirror and commands it to reveal who the FairestOfThemAll is. The TV was showing news coverage of the Justice League's most recent battle, and at that moment showed Franchise/WonderWoman. The Queen then plots to destroy her, [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity thinking Wonder Woman is her ancient enemy]], Literature/SnowWhite.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Trucy is watching the news in the background when the entertainment segment starts ten minutes early with breaking news of Klavier's "[[FatalMethodActing stage]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident]]", telling Apollo that Klavier was nearly killed. Justified that a rock star's near-deathly accident would make a headliner.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' features a non-broadcast version, with Mrs. Tweedy declaring she's sick and tired of making minuscule profits with her husband's chicken farm, only to spot an ad in a pile of mail with the phrase "Sick and tired of making minuscule profits?" emblazoned on the front, which just happens to be for a meat pie-making machine.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', where the TV is actually trying as hard as he can to get the attention of the humans so they would go and rescue the protagonists (even saying "this just in" at one point). Radio also likes to pretend he's receiving coincidentally relevant broadcasts, but they're usually with 1940s personalities and all in his voice.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976'', in once of his first apperances, Bishop is listening to radio news about "Street Thunder," the oddly gigantic, multiracial, murderous, and well-armed gang that ends up performing the unexpected "assault" of the title.
* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''. Roy Neary obsessively creates sculptures of a butte/mesa to match the image placed in his mind during a UFO encounter. A news broadcast shows Devil's Tower, Wyoming, which is an exact match for his sculptures. Neary takes the hint and leaves for Devil's Tower. Somewhat justified in that the government had planted false stories of an anthrax outbreak centered on Devil's Tower to drive people away from the area so they wouldn't see the alien spaceships arriving.
** Spielberg also plays with the trope by having Neary fail to notice the TV for several minutes while it's showing footage of Devil's Tower.
* This happens with an Entertainment News show early on in ''Film/TropicThunder''
* Subverted in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', where Shaun switches on the news to find they're talking about the zombie plague...and promptly changes the channel. But if you listen to the chunks of speech from the various channels, it will still make sense (even though Shaun doesn't seem to notice anyway).
-->'''Krishnan Guru-Murthy:''' Though no one official is prepared to comment, religious groups are calling it Judgement Day. There's - \\
'''Morrissey:''' - Panic on the streets of London... \\
'''Newsreader:''' - as an increasing number of reports of - \\
'''Football Commentator:''' - serious attacks on - \\
'''Newsreader:''' - people, who are literally being - \\
'''Wildlife Documentary Narrator:''' - eaten alive. \\
'''Jeremy Thompson:''' Witnesses' reports at best are sketchy, but one unifying detail seems to be that the attackers in many instances appear to be - \\
'''Vernon Kaye:''' - dead excited to have with us here a sensational chart topping -
* Done similarly in ''Film/DeadSet'' - there are constant TV news reports in the background about growing panic and riots in the streets, but the producer's only concern is that a news bulletin might interrupt his live show.
* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', there's a news broadcast about a killed Sarah Connor. When Sarah is fetched from the restaurant, the newscaster conveniently adds "To recap:" and then repeats the entire story.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', while hiding in the theater from [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad The Weasels]], Eddie was about to give up on piecing together the connection Cloverleaf Industries had with Acme's murder when a news reel came on about Maroon's sellout to said company.
* ''Film/BabylonAD.'' this is used a bit more judiciously. There's an entire wall showing dozens of channels, which makes it easier to accept if at least one of the channels is showing something relevant.
* Spoofed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheKillerTomatoes'', when the hero turns on an old monster movie, where the character therein gives him a foolproof plan for saving the day. And then gives it to him again. And then again. And then points out that he has just given the hero a GOOD IDEA ALREADY. The hero, finally realizes what he has to do, much to the relief of the guy in the old movie.
* Parodied in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' when the villain, Vermin, needs to kill the DA. Vermin turns on the radio, which immediately (1920 era tube-warmup time notwithstanding) details that the DA will be watching a movie premier that night. After he turns the radio off, his lackey asks what theatre they will be at. Vermin turns the radio back on, and the radio gives him the theatre name and address.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' the female lead sees the advert right before she opens her fridge to find a parallel universe in there.
* ''Film/BASEketball'' features a scene where the main character is depressed and driving down the road listening to the radio. At first the lyrics are vaguely inspirational, then become progressively more specific: "Even though some guy's trying to blackmail you / And your girlfriend thinks you suck / All you have to do is let 'em know / That it's all part of some rich guy's evil plan! / Look out ahead, there's a truck changing lanes / You've got some yellow crumbs on your upper lip / And those warts on your dick will never go away / Unless you start using topical cream every day!"
* {{Justified|Trope}} example in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Bruce Wayne has a television on in the background as he gets ready for a party. When the story about The Joker offing a fake Batman comes on, Bruce turns up the volume.
* Turns up ''very'' bizarrely, and without irony, in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' when Bruce and Selina are kissing on the couch: Bruce's TV set ''turns itself on'' (at least, we can only assume, since Bruce and Selina had been sitting on the couch since the scene began and we hadn't heard any background noise earlier) so that a news reporter can conveniently announce "We repeat: the Ice Princess has been kidnapped!" (Especially absurd because Bruce and Selina had planned to watch the Christmas-tree lighting on TV in the first place, but then apparently forgot in the wake of pursuing their...uh, other activity.)
* Played straight in ''The Osterman Weekend'' where a 'news article' (actually a video feed) on the illicit use of Swiss bank accounts appears on television as part of the MindScrew tactics being used against the protagonists.
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' films
** In ''Film/SupermanReturns'' Clark goes to a local bar to mull over Lois' engagement to Richard. Fortunately, the television is tuned to coverage of an experimental shuttle launch that Lois is covering, all just minutes before Luthor knocks it out of the sky.
*** We even get the news camera pointing at Lois as she asks a question to make sure Superman knows she's on the plane when its not normal practice for a newscamera to point at a print journalist when she's asking a question. Usually, you'd hear Lois speaking in the background with the camera still pointed at the spokeswoman.
*** Possible FridgeBrilliance. Being the worldwide known Superman exclusive journalist and greatest link to Superman she's certainly more well known than the person she's interviewing.
** ''Film/SupermanII''. After Clark (de-powered Superman) gets beaten up by a bully, the diner's waitress turns on the TV and there's a broadcast by the President of the U.S. surrendering the Earth to General Zod. This clues Clark into the fact that he needs to get his superpowers back ASAP.
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' has a variation in General Zod addressing Earth, demanding that Kal-El turn himself in within 24 hours. Not only does this reveal to Lois the nature of what she discovered and get Perry to believe her; it also shows Clark that Zod knows who he really is.
* In the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] turns on his giant wall of televisions just as President Nixon begins his statement on the events he just described to the protagonists.
* In ''{{Film/Heat}}'' this is how Donald Breedan's wife learns of his death in the bank robbery shootout. Somewhat justified in that it's a major breaking news story and he was killed in the midst of a pretty deadly shootout in the middle of downtown Los Angeles in which at least five people were killed (Cheritto, Breedan, a police detective, a patrol officer and a grocery store employee).
* Seen in ''{{Film/Se7en}}'' when Mills enters an office with a TV on just in time to catch a news report on the serial killer's murder. Justified in that it's a live broadcast, and Mills walked through the press conference it's covering 30 seconds ago.
* Both subverted and played straight in ''Film/{{Network}}''. Network executive Frank Hackett gets on the phone with another network staffer, who immediately starts complaining about the content of that day's episode of The Howard Beale Show. Hackett asks his interlocutor to calm down, saying that he's in California and the other staffer is in New York, so New York's local network aired the show three hours earlier and Hackett couldn't have gotten a chance to see it yet. Meanwhile, the show is on TV in the same room where Hackett is, but he completely ignores it; in fact, he asks the hotel staff to turn down the volume so he can take the phone call. After hanging up, though, he does turn his attention to the show.
* Edward from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' treats TV as a magic box that answers all his questions.
* In ''Film/{{They}}'', Julia comes home and turns on the TV to hear a story about rolling blackouts in the city. She's just recently learned that the only thing that can keep her safe is the light.
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' - Mickey, after picking up hitchhiking Pee-Wee, switches on the radio to the announcement "...is believed to be armed and dangerous" and promptly switches it off - as if the handcuffs weren't a giveaway.
* Since the FramingDevice of ''Film/EighthWonderland'' requires this, almost every television scene in the movie fits this trope.
* In the '80s horror flick ''Film/TrickOrTreat'', Eddie turns on the TV to a news report about his favorite rock star. Unusual in that he missed the beginning, so doesn't hear the main point of the story (that the guy just died) until after the report's retrospective.
* Subverted in ''Film/ArlingtonRoad'' Michael turns on the TV and comes in at the end of a news story about an auto accident, he goes through another channel before getting the full story.
* TV news on ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' are conveniently aired when needed for a scene.
* The scene in ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' with Angie at the hospital after her cliff jump features TV news on the missing child case.
* A low-tech version appears in ''TinkerbellAndTheLostTreasure'', where the play at Fairy Tale theater just happens to be the prophesy that Tink needed to hear.
* Averted at the beginning of ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla.'' The news broadcast spends about a minute on an irrelevant earthquake in Chile before moving to discussing events that are important to the plot. Play straight for the rest of the movie.
* In ''Film/TellNoOne'' [[spoiler: Margot, who has been FakingTheDead, has decided not to go through with meeting Alexandre because it's too risky, so she goes to the airport to leave and never come back. As she's about to board, she sees a news broadcast that names Alexandre as a murder suspect. Because of this, she decides not to board the plane, and thus narrowly escapes the police]].
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' has a scene where Truman's own car radio accidentally picks up a frequency used by the show's producers, so he gets a convenient and alarming play-by-play of his ''own'' movements.
* In ''Film/GetSmart'', in a bizarre twist on this trope, Max gets a coincidental ''cake'', which contains a note telling him to turn on the radio, which causes him to catch [[spoiler:a public message one of KONTROL's mooks aired to tell Max where a nuclear device will be detonated, as a thank-you for Max hearing him out on his marital problems.]]
* This happening in ''Film/AloneInTheDark1982'' actually saves the day. [[spoiler:When the last maniac, a paranoid schizophrenic, has the cast on arrowpoint, the BigBlackout is fixed and the electricity comes back. And just in time to put the television back on to show the news, which features an interview with one Dr. Merton, the guy whose "death" the maniac and his fellow mental patients were trying to avenge. Upset about learning that he has been fighting the wrong fight, the maniac simply leaves]].
* A non-news example occurs in ''Film/TheGame''. Sitting in a café with his ex-wife, Nicholas sees Jim Feingold (the man who administered the Game's exams earlier in the film) playing a television-commercial "doctor" on the place's TV. At first thinking that the Game runners have found him, he quickly realizes that "Feingold" is a TV actor (of course, given that the Game runners ''have'' been watching him and are always [[XanatosSpeedChess one step ahead of him]], it's quite possible that the broadcast isn't as "coincidental" as Nicholas thinks it is).
* In ''Film/FourLions'', a character is on a tram when he hears a news broadcast on the vehicle's TV screens alerting him to the fact that another character's body has been discovered.
* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' has a paper version, when an old newspaper found in a derelict building coincidentally turns out to have a front-page story revealing a major plot twist.
* Harry from ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' mocks this trope, proclaiming that it only exists for clumsy {{Foreshadowing}}. [[BrickJoke Sure enough]], a news report Harry later watches mentions the eventual location of the climax.
* Played with in ''Film/RoughNight''; the protagonists do see a television broadcast revealing that the man they had killed earlier and presumed was the stripper they'd hired for the night was [[spoiler:actually a jewel thief, as well as revealing that the two men who came to their house are actually the thief's accomplices]], but in this case the TV was already on; it had been set to mute since the bachelorette party began and one of the group glanced at the TV at just the right time.

* Happens straight in the novel ''Literature/LayerCake'' where the drug dealer protagonist who has thus far been talking about how well things are going sees a broadcast discussing the brutal murder of a Dutchman. Turns out that he was a supplier and the men who tortured him to death had drugs stolen from them by the protagonist's associates.
* Justified in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series: the Purgatory News specifically puts together separate broadcasts for each resident, so whenever one of the Incarnations turns their office TV on, the news will always be relevant to them.
* In book 8 of the ''Literature/The39Clues'', Dan Cahill happens to see the Holts, rival Clue hunters, in a TV report on the weather at Mt. Everest. Unfortunately, a Clue is hidden on Everest as well.
* A newspaper variant in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', in which the protagonist Thurston just happens to come across a newspaper article about Gustaf Johansen, prompting him to investigate.
* Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', where none of the news sources in the opening chapters tell Harry anything (which, as Hermione tells him, is partly because he doesn't bother to pursue them carefully).
* Subverted in the Creator/StephenKing short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers." A telling clue that reveals the climax of the entire story is slipped unobtrusively [[spoiler:into a radio news report]] in such a way that most readers won't notice it on first reading.
* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' has a CoincidentalBroadcast about a Coincidental News Event: After learning that a Pemalite ship has been found underwater by the Yeerks, the Animorphs discuss ways of diving that deep (such as sperm whales or giant squid). That very evening, Rachel catches the tail end of a report about a sperm whale that beached itself in their town. This is no coincidence, as they very well know, either of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s using them as pawns in their game made the whale beach itself so the kids could go out to sea and find the ship.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the next-to-last episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walt finally emerges from the mountain cabin where he's been hiding out and goes to a bar. What pops up on the television mounted above the bar? Naturally, a PBS interview with Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz, Walt's old partners and co-founders of Gray Matter.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' {{lampshaded}} this Trope during one invention exchange, with a special radio that only used channels from old movies and TV shows, including the "Incredibly Plot Specific News Station": "The Harlem Globetrotters have been missing at sea and are thought to have washed up on some [[Series/GilligansIsland uncharted desert isle.]]"
** They also lampshaded it whenever it was used in a movie, usually with some comment like, "this has been Plot Convenience Playhouse" or "thank you for listening to K-PLOT radio."
** At the beginning of "Young Man's Fancy," the daughter is ironing and shuts off the radio just as the reporter is announcing, "According to the latest bulletins...," and Crow fills in with, "...ironing can be deadly!"
* Subverted in ''Series/ThePretender'' episode "Meltdown", which ultimately reveals that the television in question has been rigged as part of a sting operation to receive specially tailored fake news broadcasts originating from the next room.
* The same ploy was used in ''Series/MissionImpossible'': "Ultimatum," Combined with "WeInterruptThisProgram". The target of the sting was not smart enough to question the coincidence that his music program would be repeatedly interrupted with information directly relevant to his own situation.
* Subverted in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', when the prosecuting attorney turns on the news to show Michael that his brother has been arrested in Iraq... and they have to wait through about twenty minutes of unrelated stories. When the story has finally aired, the attorney remarks, [[ParodiedTrope "And imagine how much more dramatic it would have been had it come on right when I turned on the TV!"]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Played straight in the famous episode ''Hush'': The Scoobies are all grouped around a TV showing a news broadcast from LA regarding everyone in Sunnydale losing their voices. A strong argument could be made that this example is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: An entire freaking town losing their voices simultaneously is bound to get through at least one person's WeirdnessCensor.
*** Also the Scoobies were already watching the TV; Xander simply calls attention to the broadcast at the appropriate point.
*** There's also the point that such a story might merit round-the-clock coverage, especially if it's a recent development.
** In the episode "Harsh Light of Day", while everyone is at Giles' apartment to research the latest crisis in Sunnydale, Xander is shocked to discover that Giles has a TV set that had been buried under some boxes of books. He turns it on, and everyone gathers around it to watch. Giles tells them all to get back to work. "Watching television is not going to help us right now." Cue a news report that gives them a vital clue.
** Also done in the episode "Who Are You", when the Scoobies (minus Xander) turn on the TV to find out vampires have taken control of a church ([[JustifiedTrope justified]] as Xander called Giles and told him to turn on the TV), and Faith sees the broadcast from the airport just as she's about to leave.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' MadeForTVMovie, just as the Doctor has convinced Grace that the only way to save the planet is to gain an atomic clock from somewhere, the news reports that one is being unveiled at a nearby university.
** Another ''Who'' episode, "The Lazarus Experiment", has a variation; a Coincidental Phone Call telling the characters to turn on the news.
* Parodied in ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'', in which turning on the news reveals that an asteroid is about to hit the family's television, after which it immediately happens.
* Spoofed in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. naturally
** The "Penguin On The Telly" Sketch.
-->'''Newsreader:''' It's 8:30, time for the penguin on top of your television to explode.\\
'''Penguin:''' (explodes)\\
'''Old Lady:''' How did he do that?\\
'''Newsreader:''' It was an inspired guess. And now...
** In the episode that focused on ants, one character settles down to watch TV with his pet ant Marcus.
-->Announcer: Hello and welcome to the University of the Air. And first this afternoon, part seventeen in our series of lectures on animal communications. This afternoon we look at recent discoveries in the field of intraspecific signalling codes in the family Formicidae.
-->Chris: That's a stroke of luck, Marcus!
-->Note that Formicidae is the ant family, so the show was on how ants communicate with each other.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' (season 1 finale), Mulder watches the news informing on the case he's about to investigate. Justified because he got an echo from Deep Throat, his secret informant.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** Subverted in the episode "August", where the title character turns on the news and has to wait a few minutes for the right news to come on.
** Played straight when Olivia and Peter hear the same news on the radio, though they were already listening.
* Played with on ''Series/FlashForward2009'' in "A561984" where the redemption scene is playing over the final scene in the airport, with Demetri and Mark [[spoiler: who has just been fired from the FBI]]. Could also be a case of CrystalBallScheduling, but Mark visibly turns to look at the broadcast before his line.
* Subverted in the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/SpecialBulletin'', the terrorists who land in Charleston Harbor grab a TV crew who happen to be covering an unrelated story at the docks.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' act 5. Ami has been doubting the authenticity of her friendship with Usagi. She walks past a TV at an electronics store with a movie about a woman betraying and killing her friend.
* Used both obviously and subtly in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''; at the beginning of "The Great Game", John turns on the TV just as a news story about a Vermeer painting changes to a broadcast about the explosion that has just occurred at Baker Street. The convenient Baker Street story is of immediate relevance to John, but the Vermeer news later turns out to be just as important.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Every member of the Bundy family has been featured in such a broadcast. Al, numerous times.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the protagonists find out what happened to Rembrandt by accidentally stumbling upon his minutes-long televised trial while idly channel surfing.
* Subverted on ''Series/{{Community}}'' when [[GenreSavvy Abed]] is telling a horror story on Halloween. The characters in his story have to wait through several minutes of music on the radio before hearing the news about the escaped serial killer in their neighborhood, because it would be implausible for the report to be playing at the exact time they turned on the radio. Unfortunately for his listeners, because Abed's GenreSavvy [[StylisticSuck doesn't make him any better at telling stories]], much to their frustration ''they'' have to listen to hum the music numbers in their entirety.
* This happened several times on ''Series/{{JAG}}'', and in it ZNN was the news network of choice.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Time Enough at Last" manages this trope with a ''newspaper''. Henry Bemis opens the paper to see that the top headline on the first page (which actually has a realistic layout) is '''"H-Bomb Capable of Total Destruction"'''... [[TemptingFate and you can guess]] [[NukeEm what happens next]]
** Probably justified, since a hydrogen bomb being completed is pretty big news.
* Often spoofed in the British TV comedy series ''Series/TheGoodies'', for instance when they are trapped in their apartment and have just lost the telephone service, Tim says "well, at least we still have the television" and turns it on, whereupon the announcer says "...and now a service announcement: The BBC today announced a cutback of one hundred percent." (TV screen immediately goes blank).
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], a news broadcast about the global meteor shower plays with footage of the falling angels in Sam's hospital room.
* Subverted on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Randy has stolen an ambulance, in an attempt to get Earl to the hospital after he got hit by a car (again). He turns on the radio to calm down, and the dispatcher implores him to return the ambulance, saying that if the patients die, it will be on him. Randy, being TheDitz responds like so:
-->'''Randy:''' How'd that DJ know I stole an ambulance?!
* In a first series sketch from ''[[Creator/JasperCarrott Carrott's Lib]]'', a government minister has gathered his staff to tell them that a series of leaks to the press and radio has been traced to their department. Meanwhile, a radio news broadcaster (actually a ministry employee moonlighting as a radio presenter) is repeating the content of his speech, almost word for word.
-->'''Minister:''' All right, quiet please, quiet please! Someone turn this radio down, would they? ''(someone does so)'' Now listen, ladies and gentlemen. About - these - ''leaks''. We really must do something about the press and radio getting hold of these telegrams and other classified information!\\
'''Newsreader:''' Good evening. Here is the news. A short while ago, the government decided to take action over the recent leakages of telegrams and other classified information to the press and radio.\\
'''Minister:''' ''(momentarily put off)'' ... we've already had an investigation, and I'm sorry to have to tell you that it is ''this'' department which is believed to be responsible!\\
'''Newsreader:''' After an internal investigation, a ministry department is believed to be responsible.\\
'''Minister:''' ''(momentarily put off again)'' ... the evidence we have-\\
'''Newsreader:''' The evidence they have...\\
'''Minister:''' ... which is quite specific...\\
'''Newsreader:''' ... which is quite specific...\\
'''Minister:''' ... proves...\\
'''Newsreader:''' ... proves...\\
'''Minister:''' ... it.\\
'''Newsreader:''' ... it.\\
'''Minister:''' ''(eyes narrow suspiciously)'' ... paintbrush.\\
'''Newsreader:''' Paintbrush.\\
'''Minister:''' ... cucumber.\\
'''Newsreader:''' Cucumber.\\
'''Minister:''' ''(makes high-pitched babbling noise with his tongue)''\\
'''Newsreader:''' ''(does likewise)''
* It's probably easier to list the number of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episodes that don't revolve around what they just happen to hear on the radio.
** One of the worst offenders may be the episode where a crate of coconuts wrapped in newspapers happens to wash-up on shore. An article in one of those papers happens to implicate one of the castaways as a possible murderer. They spend the rest of the episode suspecting each other and even reenacting the murder in order to prove they're all innocent. Queue the radio conveniently broadcasting a retraction of that article and identifying the real killer (that matched what the castaways learned) the very next day.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Often parodied in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', usually with Opus as the viewer. The news report is either turned on just AFTER the important information is presented, or is just lying. In both cases the information specifically pertains to the viewer. An example is when Opus, after a nap, turns on the news to catch the end of a presentation of several items known to cause fatal nose warts in penguins.
-->'''Reporter''': Shouldn't have been napping.
* One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' arc was about Jason attempting to start a web business. Running afoul of the MissingStepsPlan, he's just telling his mom about what he resorted to showing his potential investors when the news begins talking about a potentially world-ending computer virus.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The classic ''Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] would end with a breaking news broadcast detailing King Kong's attack on a Roosevelt Island tram, which just so happened to be the experience the riders had just gone through. The broadcast would even use [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou actual footage of the guests themselves and how they reacted to the King Kong animatronic]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' and the sequel. No matter how long Max waits to get to plot-specific televisions, it's always just in time to learn the next bit of broadcast news about the rampage he is currently involved in. Oddly enough, this applies to several differing [[ShowWithinAShow television dramas]] that are also playing on other channels.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: The Game'':
-->'''Farnsworth:''' (having sold Planet Express to Mom) It's not like this is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. (Fry switches on TV.)
-->'''Morbo:''' [[IronicEcho This is the end of the world as we know it]]. With the recent purchase of Planet Express, Mom now owns 50% of Earth, making her its supreme ruler.
-->'''Bender:''' [[LampshadeHanging Has anyone ever noticed how Fry always turns on the TV at just the right moment?]]
* The news broadcasts in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' are usually relevant in some way or another to the current or previous mission. The Ihan crystal missions are an exception, naturally (the "missions" are memories of Zeratul's that Raynor is reliving, so all that's happening is he's staring at the Ihan crystal for hours on end), which gives the writers the opportunity to put in irrelevant celebrity news and hilarious ads.
** A particularly on-point example is the news broadcast [[spoiler: of Raynor's capture and execution]] in mid-cutscene in ''Heart of the Swarm''. In this case, the TV turns ''itself'' on without prompting, so the computer might have been on the lookout for news stories about that topic, but the timing is still implausibly dramatic.
* In ''TheSimpsons Road Rage'', in the opening cutscene the family turns on the television to the news channel in light of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Burns]] buying Springfield's public transit, and Brockman is idly staring off-camera, then immediately stares at the camera to give his report, as if he was waiting for the Simpson's TV to turn on.
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' has [=TVs=] spread across the city will report on your actions (sort of), but only when you happen to be nearby.
* In the AGDI FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'', the librarian won't let you take any books, but will choose a book for you to read. She ends up picking a book about whatever place you're going to have to explore next to advance the plot.
* In the first issue of the ''SupplementalMaterial/TeamFortress2'' comic series Ring of Fired, the team is PuttingTheBandBackTogether. As they discuss how to find the Scout and the Spy, Miss Pauling coincidentally finds a newspaper with their pictures and the headline [[spoiler: [[WhamLine Merc Scum To Hang]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' the hero Lucas Kane is beginning to understand someone used ancient Maya magic to force him to commit a crime. He's wondering what to do next, turns on the TV, and, surprise! stumbles upon the interview of a world-famous Maya religion expert who precisely happens to be organizing an exhibition in the same city. Possibly justified, since [[spoiler:that's the guy who did it, and he's got an entire set of plans built around Lucas]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Beyond Two Souls}}'' [[spoiler:After Jodie Holmes kills Gemaal Sheik Charrief, who Jodie was told was a dangerous warlord, on the helicopter ride back to America she turns on the TV to hear a news report about him and learns that he was not a warlord, but in fact a democratically elected president. This causes her to defect from the CIA.]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' begins with the Schwartzwelt Joint Project, the political and military higher-ups brought together to deal with the threat the Schwartzwelt represents, receiving footage from the probes they sent into it. At the same time, they're monitoring world news to make sure their cover story is in place. Each picture from the Schwartzwelt is paired up with a news broadcast that mirrors it (for example, Antlia, which appears as a burned and battered city in the middle of a war, is paired with news of a major conflict in Eastern Europe). Understandably, the Project initially believes they've accidentally crossed their feeds when they see the probe's footage.

* Spoofed in one ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' comic. The BigBad, Frans Rayner, turns on a news broadcast for his captive Gordito that explains how Fran's plan is affecting the world. The AltText of the comic says "That isn't live TV. Frans tivoed it earlier that day."
** This trope was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] even earlier, when a convenient newscast gave the doctor necessary information after he'd spent the day investigating.
** Later exploited, as Doc appeared on a talk show to sell a phony book so he could get hired at NASA.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': More LampshadeHanging in [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000522 this strip]], in which the news not only tells Gwynn exactly where to go, but reminds her of it again after she hesitates.
* Parodied in [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-575/ this]] ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' strip, in which Tip calls Sweetheart and Unity and dramatically tells them to turn on the news, but they get the wrong news channel. In [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-576/ the following strip]] Sweetheart says they're running out of channels, and Tip complains that it works in the movies.
* [[http://www.faans.com/blowback-11-of-11/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' strip hangs a nice big [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] on this with the "Convenient Broadcast Network".
* Averted in [[http://www.fuzzyfive.com/2010/comic/a-spherical-stuffed-rooster/ this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheFuzzyFive Fuzzy Five]]'' strip, where Claire turns off the radio in the middle of the relevant item.
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'', [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/pro/prologue-01/ a talking show about alien abductions start off the comic]].
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/1387/ suggests assuming this is the case to make the news more exciting]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In a sketch from ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' ([[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/sketches/868-gnn-interviews-the-joker GNN - Interviews the Joker]]), the Joker idly asks the interviewer, Lori Prince, if he was forced to choose between the life of his dog and his cat, which he would choose. After saying he would pick the cat, [[spoiler:an explosion is heard from the Joker's end]]. Shortly afterward, the news ticker at the bottom of the screen starts saying things like [[spoiler:BREAKING NEWS: Small explosion rocks upscale home of late night talk show host, Lori Prince]].
* During one scene of WebVideo/TheEnd a notification of a recall of the headphones Brendon just bought happens to come on while he's standing in his kitchen, setting off a plot point.
* In ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', a news presenter warns of the weather event that drives the plot of the episode, inexplicably interrupting a ''video game'' to bring this news. The original {{sprite comic}} the episode was based even has the news interrupt a handheld game.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
-->'''Tom Tucker''': "Coming up in the next half-hour, [[LampshadeHanging an undercover exposé on conveniently-placed news reports in television shows]]. But first: Peter, look out for that skateboard." ''(Peter promptly slips on a skateboard.)''
** In "Foreign Affairs," Peter is watching a piece on a new "Goat Flu" epidemic and becoming more and more afraid. The report shows people sneezing at a salad bar, licking subway turnstiles, and "a man with the flu making out with you while you sleep" (with Peter Griffin actually shown).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has made frequent use/spoofs of this. Half the time, the characters don't even have to actually be shown turning on the TV themselves to catch the Coincidental Broadcast;
-->'''Homer''': That's it! I'll make money with a chauffeur job! Good thing you turned on that TV, Lisa.\\
'''Lisa''': I didn't turn it on, I thought you turned it on.\\
'''Homer''': No. Well, anyway, turn it off.\\
'''Lisa''': It ''is'' off... (cue creepy music)
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' when Johnny wants to win a trophy, but doesn't know how:
-->'''Johnny:''' You know how we'll be sitting here and that guy on TV gives us an idea?\\
'''Dukey:''' That is ridiculous.\\
'''[[KentBrockmanNews Hank Anchorman]]:''' So you wanna win a huge trophy?
* In the "One Jem Too Many" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', after Jerrica "Jem" Benton claims that a Jem imposter is on the loose, Kimber turns on the news and the Holograms see someone else playing Jem on live TV. The Agony Booth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/tv/Jem/One_Jem_Too_Many.aspx?Page=2 recap of this episode]] even refers to this as "the Most Coincidental TV Station Ever".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' uses this a lot. No matter if it's revealing information about the latest villain plot, Kim's parents wondering what she was doing parachuting into their front yard at 7:45am, or after Kim has blown up the superweapon, if someone turns on a TV, it's there.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
-->'''Cosmo:''' Timmy! The whole world's falling apart! Look at this conveniently-placed big-screen television! ''(indicating a TV in the middle of nowhere)''
** In another episode the group wonders what to do to give Chip Skylark back his original voice, after a wish by Timmy had it switched with his. They turn on the TV and the first thing on screen is a ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' parody with (almost) the right solution appearing on the puzzle: "GET CHIP SKYLARK TO SAY I WISH I HAD ''TOMMY'' TURNER'S VOICE"
* All over the place in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Sometimes it seemed like if the news media wasn't covering a {{supervillain}}'s rampage, the League would never know about it.
-->'''Disguised Eclipso:''' How would one go about contacting this "Justice League"?
-->'''Soldier:''' [[SarcasmMode Put on a gaudy costume and threaten to hurt a lot of people]]...
* A similar joke was made in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' when [[HeroicComedicSociopath Lobo]] asks a policeman about Superman:
--->'''Policeman''': Superman? We don't keep tabs on him. [[TemptingFate He only shows up if there's trouble]].
--->'''Lobo''': I can do trouble... ''*DramaticGunCock*''
* Often seen in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''. It was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d once when Jon says something about "I wish I was more X...", immediately followed by a commercial "Do you wish YOU were more X?" and Jon says "How come my TV always knows what I'm thinking?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Rise of the Zitboy", Zim develops a spot. Shortly after being told by Gir 'You've got a pimple!' an advert for 'Acne-Blast' comes on the TV.
* Happens constantly on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', as lampshaded by Bender in this page's quote.
* Used a lot in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
--> '''Robin:''' Look, Beast Boy, [[{{Supervillain}} Control Freak]] can't be on TV, he's locked up in jail where he belongs, remember?
--> '''Huge television screen behind Robin:''' We interrupt this program for breaking news. Authorities have just discovered that the dangerous criminal known as Control Freak has escaped from prison.
* Used for one line of plot development on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' during the MusicalEpisode in the song "Morning in the 'Burbs". The TV is turned on to the news just in time for the plot bit and turned off immediately after.
-->'''Helen:''' ''(singing)'' What's the weather like today?
-->''[Helen turns on the TV]''
-->'''Weatherman:''' ''(also singing)'' May be a hurricane on the way- '''
-->''[Helen turns off the TV]''
-->'''Helen:''' But it's such a lovely day!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** Parodied in the "Nasty Patty" episode, after Spongebob and Mr. Krabs play a prank on what they think is a phony health inspector:
--->'''Realistic Fish Head''': We interrupt your laughter at other people's expense to bring you this news flash. The fake inspector has been captured. Here is his picture (''picture is shown on the TV''). If a health inspector comes to your restaurant and he's not this guy, he's real.
** "Squidville" has a particularly elaborate example, after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick destroy Squidward's house with reef blowers. Squidward tells them that he's had enough and is moving away.
--->'''Squidward:''' This is the final straw! I want to move ''so'' far away that I can brag about it! I [[WouldRatherSuffer would rather tear out my brain stem, walk out into the middle of the nearest four-way intersection and skip rope with it]] than go on living where I do now!\\
(''Squidward's TV falls from above and a commercial comes on'')\\
'''Announcer:''' Hi there! Is this the final straw? Do you want to move so far away that you can brag about it? Would you rather tear out your brain stem, walk out into the middle of the nearest three-way...\\
'''Squidward:''' Four-way.\\
'''Announcer:''' ...four-way intersection and skip rope with it than go on living where you do now?
** And in "[=MuscleBob BuffPants=]", right when [=SpongeBob=] is wondering how he can get muscles without unpleasant labor, a commercial for fake muscles comes on.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan has Roger framed and sentenced to a maximum security prison in China, due to Roger's usual bout of DisproportionateRetribution leading him to try and murder the Smiths for having said incredible hurtful things to him at his birthday roast (a roast he wanted). Immediately after Stan finishes explaining Roger's no longer a threat, Terry on Action News reports "breaking news from Asia!" Steve dully states "oh no" as it cuts to a photo of Roger using a raft made out of the severed limbs of his fellow inmates.
* In a DonaldDuck cartoon, Donald's encounters with a gorilla named Ajax are accompanied by advice given on the radio on dealing with Ajax.
** The same thing happens when WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck tries to capture Taz in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Ducking the Devil".
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Attack of the Tree People". When Topper turns on the radio he and Silky hear a broadcast about Jonny and Hadji's being shipwrecked and that a reward is being offered for their return.
* A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short had the radio making relevant broadcasts about a white mouse that had escaped from a lab after drinking a experimental explosive. The advice isn't necessarily trustworthy.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', our title character had just legally obtained a large sum of cash after no one claimed it from the police. Doug's busy totaling up how much was in there and, when he gives the final amount, it's echoed on the TV. Turns out that the money belonged to a little old lady who was going to lose her home if she didn't have it.
* Done three times in ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' episode, "Super Sidekick". Once for the hair monster, one for a YourTelevisionHatesYou moment for Guy, and one to reveal that Maz is in hot water.
* One episode of ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' had a justified example. The person calling the Turtles to tell them about the news broadcast (April) was the reporter delivering it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko is upset about [[TrashOfTheTitans the mess in his house]] and the fact that his old POS vacuum cleaner isn't working. Heffer persuades him to take a break, and Rocko reluctantly agrees, saying, "Sometimes, I believe I was destined to exist in an endless world of filth." The TV then plays a commercial with those ExactWords. And HilarityEnsues from there.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** When Mabel is playing with her pet pig Waddles in "The Land Before Swine", she sees a commercial for a baby-carrier called the Huggy Wuvvy Tummy Bundle, which stresses that the Huggy Wuvvy Tummy Bundle also works for pigs. "IT WORKS FOR PIIIIGS!!"
** In "The Golf War", Mabel is sulking over [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribing her way onto the front page of the Gravity Falls Gossiper]] and stealing Mabel's spot-light, when she overhears a TV ad for the local mini-golf course.
--->'''Mabel:''' I need something to get my mind off this.
--->'''TV Announcer:''' Looking for a distraction from your horrible life?
--->'''Mabel:''' Why, yes!
* During the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Baby Buggy Bunny"; this comes into play when WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (who had just spotted "[[DoorstopBaby baby Finster]]" shaving and sporting a tattoo and cigar through his bathroom keyhole); who was beginning to become suspicious, suddenly hears a news update on his television alerting details that reveal the "baby" as Ant-Hill Harry (aka Baby-Face Finster), who had pulled off a bank heist at the start of the cartoon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Somewhat truth in television in that the major cable news networks repeat the same current traumatic event every 10 minutes, due to people calling friends and saying 'Did you hear about...?'
** Oddly enough, the more this trope is parodied, the more the abundance of round the clock news stations make this trope a reality. Of course, that only works if the movie's events would be worthy of national news. [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome So just make sure your female lead is blonde.]]
* Really happened to the vice president and countless others, as [[http://www.bricklin.com/911excerpts.htm#page35a reported here]].
* Partly real life and partly live-action TV, an episode of ''Dallas SWAT'' chronicled a SWAT officer going in to work one day, listening to the radio in his car. The radio broadcasts a report about a hijacked semi truck. Seconds later, his beeper goes off.