TV Hosts Are Not Just “Yakking”

By Brian 

Today’s Observer has a fun read about “banter” on television news. Rebecca Dana says “cable news has revolutionized the art of banter for the 21st century. Perhaps nowhere is this more in evidence than on Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox and Friends, which is about 98 percent banter to 2 percent news.”

David Clark, the show’s EP, says “it may look to the viewer as if it’s totally off the cuff and we’re just yakking about whatever comes to mind. That is far from the case.”

“Mr. Clark’s staff and anchors spend hours each morning poring over the day’s stories and working up ‘talking points’ for the top and bottom of every hour.” Clark says “the point is to make it look easy…”