Someone somewhere (probably in America) started a really really stupid trend. Now they are all copying it. Have you noticed it? It is very very silly.
This is bizarre, but the reporters won’t stand straight in front of the camera. Yes, somehow or other they will twist their head so it is squarely to the camera, and they can appear to look directly at you as they speak. BUT, they leave the rest of their body facing a completely different direction. Quite often they are effectively looking over their shoulder at you.
It started off being a habit of reporters doing ‘pieces to camera’ within their reports, or when being spoken to ‘live’ by the news ‘anchor’ back in the studio.
It’s a game in my home to laugh and award points at the reporter who looks the most ridiculous whilst doing ‘pieces to camera’ during the news. What’s that all about? Is it a funny game? Are they taking the piss?
Now this appears to have bled over to the ‘anchor’, who currently has to look up, across (but never down) at wherever the studio camera appears to have been placed.
I wonder how much the company that dreamed up this style got paid for suggesting that this would give the reporters more authority. Probably millions – it’s certainly given me as many laughs.
Go have a watch of tonight’s news, and let me know who looked the most ridiculous!
A further and exciting development is the what I call ‘hamster and helicopter’ presentation. Again, somebody has told news reporters that they must do silly unnatural things with their hands.
To start with they make two large hooks, by tucking in their thumbs and tightly bunching together their fingers of each hand. Then they place their arms across their chest just under their breasts (male or female). The fingernails of the middle finger of each hand touch. it is important that the pose make the news presenter resemble a small rodent such as a hamster standing on its back legs.
As they speak they must randomly swing their arms around a bit like helicopter blades. Sometimes both arms can go together, other times they can move out of sync with each other. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they must never move in sync with what is being said, and they must never look like any other natural hand movement that accompanies speaking.
Have a watch. Have a laugh.