Because I missed the CHEK supper hour news a couple of times this past week I had occasion to watch CHEK News at 10. And I was very disappointed the first evening to find the sports had been taped earlier, and CHEK did NOT have the Vancouver Canucks score, although the game from St. Louis had ended almst three hours earlier!
It was also blatently apparent that Ed Bain had taped the weather earlier, and didn’t know for sure who would be anchoring at 10, so the “throw” was completely impersonal.
The second night later in the week the sports WAS live and up-to-date, and Ed Bain & the late night anchor were both present when the weather was pre-taped, so the package had much more of a live feel to it.
Because somebody on this board has been nominating Monica Martinez as anchor on the prime 5 and 6:30 slots, I am compelled to make this observation. The young lady is getting much better in terms of gravitas, and she reads quite adequately from the teleprompter, although her interpretation and proper emphasis could improve.
However, IMHO she is not yet as professionally competent as say Stacy Ross or Tess Van Straaten, or Skye Ryan, for that matter.
What are the rules for pre-taping sports reports on TV? I know a number of stations like KING 5 Seattle have the late night guy tape the overnight scores for airing the following morning. That would seem to be a sound practice when all the games are over and the scores are all known. But in a hockey-mad region such as BC and the Island, not having the Canucks’ game highlights or even the score in the late news was BUSH.
It is this sort of judgement, together with the fact a junior person with only a couple of years experience as a reporter, let alone any prior anchor experience, is the regular 10 pm anchor person, it is this sort of decision which will, sad to say, see CHEK continue to lose ground to CTV Vancouver Island.