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Williams knew he wanted to be a news anchor by the ripe old age of eight and began boning up for the big time by staging imaginary newscasts from his living room in Elmira, New York (He also published a weekly newspaper using his father's shirt cardboards).
Being a television news anchor is a demanding job. When she’s not on the air twice a day, CTV Saskatoon’s Chantel Huber rolls up her sleeves and gets right in the trenches with her coworkers – culling stories from the newswire, the internet, CTV affiliates and the previous night’s newscast and rewriting the content into her own style of broadcast copy.
The lights shine brightly, the director gives the cue, the theme music swells to a climax, and Jonathan Mann tells the camera, "Good afternoon from the CNN Center; our top stories today...." It's a line he repeats every weekday as a news anchor at CNN International.
An anchor personality is also referred to as newscaster. He is responsible for delivering news to a local, regional or national broadcast audience on radio or TV.
The best news anchors and “live” reporters make their work look easy, but it isn’t. Beyond voice, looks or delivery, the best possess what I call “skills without script.”
At the networks the TV news anchors present the news. You know the people -- the ones sitting there behind a desk (or in the field) telling you what’s happening in the world that day.