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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.

In Sports Stories, this can take the specialized form of a Sportscaster Cameo.

Related to Practical Voice-Over, where the voices are frequently recognizable newscasters. Sometimes achieved in dramatizations by use of Stock Footage.

Sister Trope 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. Compare Phony Newscast. Not to be confused with Kent Brockman News, though it can certainly take that role.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • News anchor Christel Takigawa makes several appearances as herself delivering news on Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice, which focuses on figure skating, has several real-life announcers provide commentary for competitions (many of whom were previously figure skaters themselves).
    • Hisashi Morooka, a reoccurring commentator throughout the series, is voiced by Taihei Katou, a real life figure skating commentator and announcer for TV Asahi.
    • Former figure skater-turned-commentator Nobunari Oda appears as a commentator for the Barcelona Grand Prix Final. He also appears in the preview for episode 11, in which he calls Victor and Yuri by their nicknames, comments on their matching rings, and agrees to take a photo with Yurio.
    • Former Japanese national champion-turned-commentator Takeshi Honda is a commentator at the Sochi Grand Prix Final in the first episode.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the French version of The Incredibles, the voice over the news covering the events leading to the Super Registration Act is provided by veteran news anchor Patrick Poivre D'Arvor.
  • In Inside Out, the announcer of the hockey game Riley's dad's emotions are watching is none other than Randy Hahn, the TV play-by-play voice of the San Jose Sharks.
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie:
    • Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts of Good Morning America play LEGO caricatures of themselves as newscasters for Good Morning Ninjago, where they provide exposition about Garmadon's frequent invasions of Ninjago City and introduce the Secret Ninja Force.
    • In the UK version, Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway of Good Morning Britain take their places.
  • Zootopia:
    • Canadian newsreader Peter Mansbridge voices his Zootopian counterpart, Peter Moosebridge.
    • In the UK version he's dubbed by The BBC sportscaster Vassos Alexander as Moosos Alexander.
    • In the Brazilian dub he's replaced by a jaguar called Boi Chá voiced by journalist Ricardo Boechat. Other countries also had their own version of the character (with the species of each newscaster taken from the region the movie is playing in, although not necessarily voiced by a real newscaster.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Airheads, MTV journalist Kurt Loder shows up just in time to deliver a Brick Joke.
  • In the sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast, the reporter for Los Angeles TV station KTLA was Stan Chambers, a real-life KTLA reporter at the time.
  • Apollo 13 has Stock Footage of news reports from the time. Its prologue is narrated by Walter Cronkite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has cameos from newscasters like Soledad O'Brien, Anderson Cooper, Nancy Grace and Charlie Rose.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow played "TV Anchorman" (a character based on various Spear Carriers in the original play) in Ralph Fiennes's Setting Update of Coriolanus.
  • Richard Valeriani, a long-time White House correspondent, played himself reporting the backstory leading to the plot of Crimson Tide.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Japanese news reporter Saburo Iketani appeared as himself in several Toho Kaiju films during the 60's, most notably in Destroy All Monsters.
  • The French movie Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ is a comedy set in a Purely Aesthetic Era Ancient Rome, so despite the pure anachronism television is present, with two famous (for The '80s) news anchors making cameos:
  • Real-life newscaster Bill Bonds (best known for his work on WXYZ in Detroit, MI) cameos as a newscaster in Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
  • Played for laughs with ABS-CBN journalist Gus Abelgas in the Filipino comedy movie Fantastica. Though unlike in most of the examples in this page, Abelgas was cast more for his iconic voice in S.O.C.O.: Scene of the Crime Operatives than for appearing in an in-universe broadcast. Attorney and television personality Jose C. Sison also made a cameo appearance in the film's climax where he delivered his usual legal spiel.
  • Free Guy: The Good Morning America segments discussing Guy are done by real GMA anchor Lara Spencer.
  • Glass Onion: CNN's Jake Tapper interviews the fictional Connecticut governor Claire in the opening of the film.
  • Sports anchor Rob Fukuzaki for Los Angeles' KABC-TV station briefly cameos as an WIDF anchor in Godzilla (1998).
  • The 2017 remake of the 1981 New Zealand film Goodbye Pork Pie titled Pork Pie features appearances from Eric Young (Prime News: First at 5:30) and Simon Dallow (1 News)
  • The Great White Hype features several sports writers associated with boxing playing small roles, including boxing historian Bert Sugar.
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople: TVNZ presenters Sam Wallace and Nadine Chalmers-Ross appears in this one.
  • Independence Day featured many reporters during the first act, including Barry Nolan, Wendy Walsh, George Putnam, and John McLaughlin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Matt Lauer interviewed Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell's character) in the movie remake of Land of the Lost. It didn't go well.
  • Lantana has an appearance by Richard Morecroft of The ABC News reporting on Valerie's disappearance.
  • Look Both Ways (2005) features Mary Kostakidis reporting on the tunnel collapse.
  • Chris Matthews is the primary newsman in Man of the Year.
  • At the end of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, CNN reporter Bernard Shaw appears as himself reporting on the return of the papa rex and his infant to Isla Sorna.
  • The Man Who Sued God had Chris Bath (one of the better-known Seven Network News Journalists) appear as a newsreader.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Iron Man movie series includes cameos from Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts as well as several reporters from various local markets.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Darcy and Ian see a news report about Selvig's naked appearance at Stonehenge being introduced by ITV news presenter Steve Scott.
    • In a similar vein, the ending of The Avengers has a number of news anchors and commentators talking about the impact of the events.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, while Wanda and Vision are in Edinburgh, they see a report on events in New York by Laura Miller from STV News at Six.
    • Pat Kiernan is becoming a regular of the franchise, having cameo as an MSNBC TV News Anchor in The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as several of the TV series (including Hawkeye).
    • CNN's Anderson Cooper makes several appearances in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, reporting on the film's events and their fallout.
  • The Medusa Touch has news reports from ITN newsreader Gordon Honeycombe. Fellow ITV presenter Shaw Taylor is seen hosting coverage of a Moon mission.
  • The Mighty Ducks film series features real-life sportscaster Bob Miller providing the play-by-play for several of the Ducks' games.
  • Miracle had Al Michaels reprise his play-by-play role for the film as he did in the actual 1980 Olympic game. The film's audio transitions from the filmed play-by-play to the original broadcast of the final seconds of the game leading up to Michaels' immortal "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" because Michaels himself felt he could never recreate the emotion he had of the actual game.
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout features a cameo by Wolf Blitzer presenting a news report about simultaneous terrorist attacks in Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca. It was really just Benji wearing a mask of Blitzen to trick a nuclear scientist into revealing the passcode for his phone.
  • 1938's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has Kaltenborn also making an appearance, reporting Jeff Smith's filibuster.
  • Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille, a Pittsburgh reporter makes a fairly long appearance as himself in Night of the Living Dead. His daughter Lori later went to star in Day of the Dead.
  • Nope features a cameo by LA newscaster Hetty Chang of KNBC, reporting on the disappearance of all the guests at Jupiter's Claim.
  • In Oh, God! Book II, Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters appear to discuss Tracy's "Think God" campaign.
  • 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).
  • The Replacements had the Sentinels' games called by longtime football announcing duo Pat Summerall and John Madden.
  • Interestingly, RoboCop had several anchors from Entertainment Tonight (e.g. Leeza Gibbons) appear as newscasters.
  • Rocky:
    • Rocky Balboa is interviewed in his first movie (in the meat locker) by real-life reporter Diana 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.
  • Sharknado:
    • Both Matt Lauer and Al Roker not only show up in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! but occupy a shocking amount of the running time. There's even a subplot for these two: in addition to constantly returning to recap events from both the weather and news fronts, Al keeps pushing Matt to accept "sharknado" as the appropriate term for the disaster. Matt eventually succumbs to this neologistic peer-pressure.
    • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming has a shark crashing a live edition of Good Morning Britain as Kate Garraway, Charlotte Hawkins and GMB meteorologist Laura Tobin are covering the sharknado, with dire consequences for co-anchor Kate Garraway; apparently this sharknado hit the UK on Friday, given absence of Piers Morgan and Susanna Reidnote  - Not they don't have experience of this trope themselves.
  • Shaun of the Dead features Sky News' Jeremy Thompson (who deserves some sort of major acting award for managing to say "Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain" in his best professional newscaster voice with a straight face), and Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy as Shaun is flicking through the channels as the outbreak hits.
  • In Short Cuts, Howard Finnigan (Bruce Davison) is a pundit for KCAL-TV, an independent Los Angeles station. In one scene, he is at a news desk with real life KCAL News anchor Jerry Dunphy, who also appears in the film's final moments to deliver a report on the earthquake that has just shaken the city and been blamed for one death.
  • Another long-time LA news stalwart, Hal Fishman, played the studio news anchor during the climactic scene of Spider-Man 3; he passed away shortly after the film opened.
  • At the end of Spies Like Us, Edwin Newman plays himself reporting on U.S.-Soviet disarmament talks.
  • In Street Fighter, real NBC/ABC newscaster Sander Vanocur makes an audio-only appearance at the start, as the anchor of "GNT" coverage of the "Crisis in Shadaloo". The real-life inspiration for Good Morning, Vietnam, Adrian Cronauer, also makes an audio appearance as a Shadaloo disk jockey in the end credits.
  • St Trinians: Jeremy Thompson of Sky News appears just before the closing credits. The story was about the recovery of Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring painting that was found in a changing room.
  • Thunderstruck: Kevin Durant's downward spiral without his talent is covered (and heckled) by the Inside the NBA guys, Conan O'Brien and the local KFOR-TV news anchors.
  • In Traffic (2000), Columbus TV news reporter Lorene Wagner appears as a reporter interviewing Michael Douglas' character in a brief scene filmed in downtown Columbus.
  • The movie Twister featured several well-known Oklahoma news meteorologists, most notably Gary England from KWTV during the opening scene and Rick Mitchell from KOCO later on.
  • U.S. Marshals is partly set in Chicago, and features a few local reporters in the opening scenes.
  • Volcano features Fox News anchor Shepard Smith as himself.
  • The Waterboy brought in the actual college football broadcasting staff of ABC Sports (Dan Fouts, Brent Musburger, Lynn Swann) to call the fictitious Bourbon Bowl between the fictitious University of Louisiana Bulldogs and the fictitious SCLSU Mud Dogs. ESPN commentators Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Dan Patrick also show up in SportsCenter broadcasts.
  • The Wog Boy features Derryn Hinch throughout the film, playing a part in the Department of Employment's attempts to either smear Steve Karamitsis as a welfare cheat or play him up as an Aussie battler, depending on the scene.

    Live-Action TV 

By Network:

  • 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 drama is made all over the place — but following from Doctor Who, mostly Wales).
    • Absolute Power (BBC) 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.
    • The entire BBC newscasting team seemed to appear every two minutes in every episode of Bodyguard.
    • 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.
    • Doctor Who and spinoffs:
      • Jason Mohammad appeared in four episodes between 2005 and 2008. He was a newsreader on BBC Wales Today at the time.
      • 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".
      • 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.)
      • "The Poison Sky" has Kirsty Wark delivering a news report.
      • Meredith Vieira cameoed in "The Wedding of River Song". With BBC Breakfast's Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams in the same episode.
    • This is the main reason Ghostwatch managed to fuck with so many viewers (and why media regulator OFCOM has rules that instances of this trope must be shown "in context" to the story, making it obvious to any late-coming viewers who missed any "this is a work of fiction" disclaimers that what's being talked about isn't really happening) — every anchor was a well-known BBC newscaster.
    • 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.
    • BBC News presenter Richard Baker made some appearances in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also appeared in The Goodies, along with others such as Michael Aspel, who notably gets squashed by the paw of a giant kitten.
    • 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".
    • Top Gear had an episode where multiple newsreaders (including Fiona Bruce and Dermot Murnaghan) were involved when Jeremy Clarkson decided to drive the world's smallest car inside BBC Television Centre.
    • 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).
  • The BBC's UK rivals ITV aren't immune to this either, though they tend to use their regional newscasters in their shows rather than their national news broadcasters.

By Region:

  • TV series set and/or filmed in the DFW Metroplex (The Good Guys and Walker, Texas Ranger are good examples) tend to feature news reports read by long-time KDFW-TV anchor Clarice Tinsley.
  • 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.

By Series:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On Arrested Development, real life Los Angeles anchor John Beard plays himself often, reporting on the Bluth family's problems. Also Conan O'Brien appears in "The B. Team".
  • Bosch has several appearances by LA news anchor Kent Shocknek.
  • Bones crossed this with Real-Life Relative. David Boreanaz’s father Dave Roberts made a cameo on a tv in the series finale. Roberts worked in Buffalo and Pittsburgh as a weatherman though he’s since retired.
  • Canadian series Corner Gas featured CTV National News presenter Lloyd Robertson in an early episode; a later episode featured the then-anchors of CTV's Canada AM.
  • Jon Snow, lead anchor for Channel 4 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".
  • The third season premiere of Breaking Bad has TV journalists Ashleigh Banfield, Marla Tellez, Jeff Maher, and Dana Cortez reporting on the airplane collision over Albuquerque that happened at the end of the previous season.
  • Ukee Washington, of KYW-TV (a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia) (it was an NBC affiliate 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.
  • Real anchors (and even production graphics) of KLAS Las Vegas have been used on the original CSI.
  • Sportscaster Dick Enberg appears as himself interviewing an NFL first round draft pick in CSI: NY's "Super Men."
  • In Derry Girls, the news is read by Northern Irish BBC news presenter Donna Traynor playing herself.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • During the 2000 remake of The Fugitive, America's Most Wanted host John Walsh can be seen hosting a segment featuring Dr. Richard Kimble.
  • The Good Wife often has fictional NPR segments read by the actual NPR news anchors.
  • 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.)
  • 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 reactions to Frank's schemes. Zoe Barnes is interviewed by Soledad O'Brien, and Claire by Ashleigh Banfield.
  • The benefits of using real reporters over actors is explained in a DVD commentary for Leverage; according to John Rogers, actors tend to be obviously acting during news scenes while actual newscasters make it feel more natural since they're just doing their job with a new script.
  • The Bill second spin-off series M.I.T (Murder Investigation Team) features ITV News presenter Trevor McDonald. The story was about the murder of Sgt. Matt Boyden. This show is a Crossover with The Bill.
  • 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.
  • Perd Hapley of Parks and Recreation is played by veteran newscaster Jay Jackson, who has also played TV reporters in other shows and movies.
  • the Made-for-TV Movie Sharknado 5: Global Swarming - had appearances from ITV's Good Morning Britain - Charlotte Hawkins, Kate Garraway and Laura Tobin (Piers Morgan declined to appear) and from Nine Network's Today Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson.
  • Spooks got in trouble with their network for working with Sky News for a news clip on a TV in the background.
  • Ted Lasso, which focuses on the English Premier League of soccer/football, has several sports announcers make appearances as themselves:
    • Sports broadcasters Arlo White and Chris Powell appear as themselves in several episodes as the lead commentators for AFC Richmond's matches.
    • ESPN's Scott Van Pelt appears in the pilot announcing Ted Lasso's hiring at AFC Richmond on a segment of SportsCenter.
    • Real life Soccer Saturday hosts Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara play themselves. In Season 3, Kamara is replaced by Paul Merson, due to the former's retirement in 2022.
    • Footballer-turned-pundit Ian Wright and sports presenter Seema Jaswal appear as themselves hosting a commentary show (Forza Love of the Game) in "The Signal".
    • Ex-England striker-turned-Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker makes an appearance alongside ex-France striker Thierry Henry during Beard's Day in the Limelight.
      Beard: Shut up, Thierry Henry!
  • A Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps episode, "Dead", had North West Tonight's Gordon Burns as himself.
  • The short-lived series V (1983) 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.
  • An episode of Wishbone had Wishbone watch a news story about a heroic dog on TV. The reporter was played by KDFW anchor Clarice Tinsley. Ms. Tinsley has also guest starred on Walker, Texas Ranger, The Good Guys and Prison Break.
  • Nancy Grace made a brief appearance in season five of The Wire to discuss the serial killer murdering homeless men in Baltimore. Presumably she didn't realize that the killer didn't exist, and the series was criticizing her brand of sensationalist crime reporting.
  • 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.]
  • You, Me and the Apocalypse has Sky News' Anna Jones as herself during the introduction to each episode.

  • Rather interestingly, for the York Theatre Royal Pantomime in 2010 they had a cameo of the news presenters for BBC Yorkshire. They include a video segment in each panto.
  • TV special Children's Party at the Palace features Creator/BBC news segments covering the live performance put on by the Goodies and Baddies, and even a Crimewatch UK segment where Fiona Bruce and Nick Ross report about Burglar Bill stealing the Queen's handbag.
  • For the original production of Damn Yankees, CBS's longtime New York sportscaster Mel Allen recorded voiceover announcements for the climactic game between the Yankees and the Senators.

  • Several episodes of The Goon Show feature fictional news reports by real-life newsreader John Snagge.
  • A variant in the Tertiary Phase of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978), 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.)

    Video Games 
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, veteran 1010WINS newscaster John Montone voices Weazel News' radio newsman Mike Whitely.
  • Mass Effect 3 had IGN host Jessica Chobot as the model for and voice of television reporter Diana Allers.



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