Rip-and-read news can actually be a controversial topic depending on who you discuss it with. It primarily is the practice of newscasts reading scripts that are written by wire news services. News services distribute their stories to several different stations and publications on a regular basis. Some of these companies decide to just take what was sent to them and read the drafts right on the air. This leads to several different newscasts being identical and the stations having the exact same stories.
This practice was originated when news publications needed their news quickly due to lack of time between stories. It originally was expected that the anchors would modify the wire copies whenever they had the time, but unfortunately this did not happen. It can lead to a lack of credibility for the news station and duplication between stations. Most directors require the copies to be rewritten today in order to prevent these issues.
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