Yeah, that's pretty bad, but get this: the same reporter who I chastised two posts up, Tegan Versolatto, actually mispronounced her own name, live on air, the other day. That's right, I kid you not: mispronounced her own name, then corrected herself. Facepalms don't even do justice.Keeping things consistent, tonight while she was introducing the piece about the reststop shootup, Sasha mispronounced the surname of another CTV colleague from the Kitchener station, Heather SENoran as ‘SENORan’. Heather even says her name at the end of the piece.
How difficult can this be? Jesus.
And what's with an increasing number of local CTV News reports that don't bother to use peoples' full names? For certain sensitive and legal situations, it's perfectly acceptable to disguise the identity of someone being interviewed, but now they're putting supers in front of ordinary people only using an initial for their lastname. There was even a recent story about a small business owner, and in the clip of her talking in her store, the graphic credited her as something like "Jane D., owner, ABC Store" -- seriously? So, the manager/owner is A-OK with being interviewed inside their own store, no less, but doesn't want their last name broadcast, and CTV complies? I've even seen a number of examples where they've gotten so casual that they just credit people by their firstname. Has privacy gone to the extreme, or are those producing the news getting so lazy that they conveniently forget to ask subjects for their full name?
*Ahh, very ironic: as I'm typing this with CTV Kitchener news at six on beside me, in yet another report with no lastname for the lead subject being interviewed, they actually said the person asked to keep their lastname private. But even then, why is this acceptable as news, just because a person doesn't want their full name on TV? Soon things will devolve into a totally anonymous free-for-all.