On occasion, a film or TV show will feature a news segment discussing events happening within the show. The fictional scene will star an actual newscaster who delivers that sort of segment in Real Life
Related to Practical Voice Over
, where the voices are frequently recognizable newscasters. Sometimes achieved in dramatizations
by use of Stock Footage
to Leno Device
, which uses a talk show or other nonfiction entertainment, rather than a straight news program. Subtrope of As Himself
and The Cameo
. Not to be confused with Kent Brockman News
, though it can certainly take that role.
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- News anchor Christel Takigawa makes several appearances as herself delivering news on Tokyo Magnitude 8.
- In Airheads, MTV journalist Kurt Loder shows up just in time to deliver a Brick Joke.
- Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille, a Pittsburgh reporter makes a fairly long appearence as himself in Night of the Living Dead. His daughter Lori later went to star in Day of the Dead.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Real Life anchorman Howard K. Smith gives a TV news report on the (fake) anthrax scare that the government is using to make people evacuate the area around Devil's Tower.
- Apollo 13 has Stock Footage of news reports from the time. Its prologue is narrated by Walter Cronkite.
- Richard Valeriani, a long-time White House correspondent, played himself reporting the backstory leading to the plot of Crimson Tide.
- A lot of actual reporters "played themselves" in Contact. CNN actually took so much backlash for this (13 of its newscasters and journalists appeared) that it put in place an ethical policy afterwards, in which their journalists had to get permission in order to portray themselves on film.
- At the end of Spies Like Us, Edwin Newman plays himself reporting on U.S.-Soviet disarmament talks.
- Interestingly, RoboCop had several anchors from Entertainment Tonight (e.g. Leeza Gibbons) appear as newscasters.
- The Man Who Sued God had Chris Bath (one of the better-known Seven Network News Journalists) appear as a newsreader.
- Shaun of the Dead features Sky News' Jeremy Thompson, and Channel Four's Krishnan Guru-Murthy as Shaun is flicking through the channels as the outbreak hits.
- Japanese news reporter Saburo Iketani appeared as himself in several Toho Kaiju films during the 60's, most notably in Destroy All Monsters.
- Tyler Perry's movie Daddy's Little Girls has Monica Pearson, an actual anchor (now retired) from Atlanta's ABC station, WSB-TV 2 (that most people in Georgia have heard of), talk about the main character being accused of rape.
- Greg Warmoth, a newscaster from the local ABC affiliate in Central Florida, WFTV-9 (co-owned with WSB), can be seen briefly at the end of Armageddon, reporting on the successful mission.
- Matt Lauer interviewed Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell's character) in the movie remake of Land of the Lost. It didn't go well.
- In Oh, God! Book II, Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters appear to discuss Tracy's "Think God" campaign.
- Chris Matthews is the primary newsman in Man of the Year
- Jules Asner and Steve Kmetko from E! News Daily show up in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where Jules gets to read a cleaned-up version of Jay's profanity-laced tirades on the air:
"Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax "expletive-deleted" who are making the Bluntman and Chronic movie, we're gonna make 'em eat our "expletive-deleted", then "expletive-deleted", which is made up of our "expletive-deleted", then eat their "expletive-deleted", which is made up of our "expletive-deleted" that we made 'em eat. Unquote.
- It Happened Here. A chilling version occurs in this Alternate History film about a Nazi-occupied Britain, where veteran wartime BBC radio announcers Alvar Lidell and John Snagge give their voice to fascist propaganda newsreels.
- Woody Allen's Bananas had both Roger Grimsby (of WABC-7 in NYC) and Howard Cosell (of Monday Night Football) making news broadcasts of a particularly idiotic nature.
- Channel Four newsreader Jon Snow played "TV Anchorman" (a character based on various Spear Carriers in the original play) in Ralph Feinnes's Setting Update of Coriolanus.
- Rocky Balboa was interviewed in the first movie (in the meat locker) by real-life reporter Diane Lewis, who had started her news career in Philadelphia. She went on to be an anchor in Detroit for thirty-five years, and made a few more film and TV appearances as a reporter, including a return to the Rocky franchise in the fifth movie.
- Long-time Los Angeles sports anchor Stu Nahan did the commentary for the major boxing scenes in the series; after his death, his voice was still used for the computer simulation that sets Rocky Balboa's story in motion.
- Another long-time LA news stalwart, Hal Fishman, played the studio news anchor during the climactic scene of Spiderman 3; he passed away shortly after the film opened.
- The TV newscaster who presents the news on Ben's faked suicide in Ben X is in fact Wim De Vilder, a real-life TV newscaster for the VRT's main news program.
- A couple of James Bond examples:
- Then BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis appears in an 'archive' report on Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough
- Huw Edwards (BBC) and Wolf Blitzer (CNN) both appear in Skyfall.
- The Iron Man movie series includes cameos from Bill O'Reilley of Fox News, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts as well as several reporters from various local markets.
- Note: the "Mad Money" segment in the first Iron Man movie belongs (and is on) Leno Device.
- In a similar vein, the ending of The Avengers has a number of news anchors and commentators talking about the impact of the events.
- The 2012 remake of Red Dawn, which takes place in Spokane, Washington, features a cameo by Seattle news anchorman Dan Lewis (of KOMO-TV 4).
- 1951's The Day The Earth Stood Still was an early film instance, with famous newspaper and radio journalists — Elmer Davis, Gabriel Heatter, H.V. Kaltenborn, and Drew Pearson — providing news of the invasion.
- 1938's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has Kaltenborn also making an appearance, reporting Jeff Smith's filibuster
- Atlas Shrugged Part II features an appearance of Sean Hannity along with fellow Fox News denizens discussing the plot of the film. Their opinions are exactly what they would have been in real life.
- A Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps episode, "Dead", had North West Tonight's Gordon Burns as himself.
- The BBC revels in this, presumably because the national news was, in the days of TV Centre, filmed down the hall from a lot of the TV shows, so it was a matter of popping your head round the door. (These days, the news is based in Salford and the drama is all over the place — but following from Doctor Who, mostly Wales).
- Andrew Marr and Louise Minchin have played themselves on Doctor Who and Torchwood respectively. Another BBC newsreader, Huw Edwards, played the Olympic opening commentator in "Fear Her", although he was credited for playing the role of the "Commentator". (Six years later, Huw Edwards did indeed commentate on the London Olympics opening ceremony.)
- Reporter Alex MacIntosh appears as himself in the Doctor Who serial "Day of the Daleks", reporting on the peace conference. And even earlier, Kenneth Kendal in "The War Machines".
- Meredith Vieira cameoed in "The Wedding of River Song".
- BBC News presenter Richard Baker made some appearances in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also appeared in The Goodies, along with Michael Aspel and others.
- Yes, Minister borrowed a number of reasonably well known BBC reporters and interviewers (such as Ludovic Kennedy, Sue Lawley, and Nicholas Witchell) to report on the events of the episode (and occasionally to interact with the titular minister - at least once in the talk-show format, but also at least once to conduct a regular journalistic interview).
- In the same vein, The Thick of It also did this a fair amount, including one episode (Series 3, Ep. 5) revolving entirely around the Government and Opposition characters' antics on and surrounding Richard Bacon's show on Radio 5. They also used spliced Stock Footage of Jeremy Paxman and Newsnight in the special "Rise of the Nutters".
- Absolute Power had Prentiss-McCabe clients interviewed by people like BBC Breakfast's Dermot Murnaghan and Newsnight's Kirsty Wark ... but a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Jeremy Paxman, since they were blackmailing "Jonathan Crossman" to give their client an easy interview.
- House of Cards (UK) had appearances by Angela Rippon in the first series, reporting on Henry Collingridge's ascendency to Prime Minister and the Conservative Party's leadership contest following his resignation.
- This is the main reason Ghostwatch managed to fuck with so many viewers — every anchor was a well-known BBC newscaster.
- Aversion: The head of BBC News banned their reporters from working with their Panel Game The Bubble, where contestants, having been hidden from the world for a week, have to identify real news stories intertwined with fake ones.
- Top Gear had an episode where numerous newsreaders where involved when Clarkson decided to drive the world's smallest car around the BBC.
- The US Adaptation of House Of Cards also uses the trope with various anchors, usually from CNN, to give the perspective on the newscycle's rections to Frank's schemes. Zoe Barnes is interviewed by Soledad O'Brien and Claire gives one to Ashleigh Banfield.
- Spike Milligan did a sketch where Corbett Woodall read an ordinary-sounding news bulletin while Milligan shouted out the newsreader's inner monologue. (Although Woodall wasn't all that well known at the time.)
- Woodall had actually been forced to retire as a newsreader due to crippling rheumatoid arthritis, but continued to appear on screen in shows like The Goodies and Steptoe And Son. Thus, though he was no longer a real newsreader he did play one on TV.
- Angela Rippon famously appeared on The Morecambe and Wise Show, interrupting a faux news bulletin with a very well remembered dance routine.
- Several Chicago local newspeople cameoed as themselves during the run of Early Edition. Most of the time they then ran an "exclusive" story on the behind-the-scenes making-of during that evening's late news.
- On Arrested Development, real life Los Angeles anchor John Beard plays himself often, reporting on the Bluth family's problems.
- Australian news reader Edwin Maher appeared on an Australian sketch comedy show (I think it was The Big Gig but can't remember for certain) announcing that the ABC had been bought by Rupert Murdoch and showing the new ABC logo: three breasts.
- On Friends, Joey and Chandler adopting the chick and the duck is precipitated by Joey seeing a report by Sue Simmons of WNBC, 4 New York discussing why not to get a baby chick at Easter. (The show, of course aired on NBC, but was produced by Warner Bros., this may have been referenced in another episode where some of the friends are fighting over what channel to watch: one wanted to watch channel 4 (NBC); another wanted to watch channel 11 (WPIX, a former national superstation and was then a WB affiliate; it is currently a CW affiliate.)
- Real anchors (and even production graphics) of KLAS Las Vegas have been used on the original CSI.
- The TV series Greek lent credibility to a weather-related episode by having an actual ABC local weather reporter do the forecast. Since the series is set in Ohio, the weather reporter was from an Ohio ABC station, given that the show aired on ABC Family (specifically, Stan Stachak from the Toledo formerly ABC-owned station WTVG (they have since sold the station and another in Flint, MI to their former owners (ABC had bought the stations while in a frenzy over the 94 channel switches), which would be so close, but yet so far from where Cyprus-Rhodes actually is in Ohio.)
- Spooks got in trouble with their network for working with Sky News for a news clip on a TV in the background.
- Jon Snow, lead anchor for Channel Four news, appears on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year annually, reporting a song as if it were a news story, for the contestants having to identify the song in question. Like This.
- There's an episode of Blackadder the Third, "Dish and Dishonesty", where this happens. The plot revolves around trying to get Baldrick elected as a member of Parliament, and features a cameo by political commentator Vincent Hanna, appearing as "his own great-great-grandfather."
- Ukee Washington, of KYW-TV (a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia) (it was an NBC affilate owned by Westinghouse, until the 94 channel switches, and it ended up with CBS), occasionally appears on Cold Case, which is set in Philadelphia.
- The first Cosby Show Dream Sequence episode "The Day the Spores Landed" begins with a story being read by unseen NBC News reporter John Palmer, who was also working for NBC as the newsreader for the network's morning news program, The Today Show.
- Bree Walker (of KCBS in LA) appeared in this capacity on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (which is strange because that show aired on NBC).
- Averted in From the Earth to the Moon. Rather than using stock footage of Walter Cronkite or Jules Bergman, Emmett Seaborn (working for the fictional "NTC" network) was created. This also meant that the same newscaster could be used for every single Apollo mission.
- Angel: In the season 4 episode "Awakening" the late Larry McCormick, real-life Los Angeles news anchor for KTLA (the WB/CW affiliate), appeared "on-air" as himself.
- The short-lived 1980s series V featured assorted newscasters as themselves. Howard K. Smith for instance was a well known news reporter from World War II to the 1970s and appeared as himself covering the Visitors' arrival.
- 30 Rock is set at NBC's eponymous New York studios, so it's rather unsurprising when NBC newscasts show up. Brian Williams—noted for his rather goofy sense of humor—is particularly common. These newscasters also appear outside their shows, just hanging around the building.
- Former NBC correspondent Sander Vanocur appeared as himself as a network anchor in the 1994 TV movie Without Warning, about Earth being hit by three meteors that turn out not to be meteors. It does not end well.]
- Alpha House features numerous cameos by actual American broadcasters and political commentators from the various big cable networks, and real talk show hosts, to add some level of realism to the events that happen in the show. These include NBC's Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews, Stephen Colbert, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, and more.
- Rather interestingly, for the York Theatre Royal Pantomime in 2010 they had a cameo of the news presenters for BBC Yorkshire. They have a video segment in each panto.
- Several episodes of The Goon Show feature fictional news reports by real-life newsreader John Snagge.
- A variant in the Tertiary Phase of The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, with a Sportscaster Cameo. The two cricket commentators discussing Arthur and Ford's disruption of the Ashes are played by actual BBC cricket commentators Henry Blofeld and Fred Trueman. (In the book Life The Universe And Everything, they're called "Brian" and "Peter", presumably Brian "Jonners" Johnston and Peter Baxter.)
- Mass Effect 3 had IGN host Jessica Chobot as the model for and voice of television reporter Diana Allers.