The Columbus local news is often a source of great amusement. It's really more like a soap opera.
We've had newsanchor couples fight on the air, then divorce. Health reporters illegally prescribing drugs to addicted weathermen. Male anchors identify themselves as the other, female, anchor by reading the wrong lines off the teleprompter.
Perhaps my favorite gem is below. Yes, teleprompters are fun but it's even better when they ad lib!
WBNS 10 TV News at 5:00, during a story on the Space Shuttle's December 1993 Hubble repair mission:
Dave Kaylor: I bet they get a nice view of the sunset
from up there.
Andrea Cambern: [dubious] Can you see the sun from space?
Dave Kaylor: Uhh...I think so. [looks confused]
Andrea Cambern: [perky] Well, you certainly wouldn't need sunglasses, now would you!
Dave Kaylor: [more confident] Yeah.
(We carefully watched the news for a week after this. They never issued a correction. And we wonder why high school seniors can't pass a ninth grade proficiency exam.)
Other things that are unprofessional about the news: