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Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., Mike Pache reports for work at Fox 10 Phoenix (KSAZ), where he has just one hour to prepare for five hours of live anchoring…and producing….and directing…and switching…and creating graphics…and editing clips for YouTube along the way. Piche is one of three newscasters responsible for 14 hours a day — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Time — of live coverage (as well as programming a taped overnight playlist) on a streaming channel called Fox News Now (not to be confused with the Fox News cable channel).
Fox calls the three anchors “DJ’s,” short for digital journalists, but in a way they are deejays too: no scripts, no teleprompter, no program grid — they just wing it on the fly.
“You do it so much, you sometimes fail to realize that you just put on a show all by yourself,” says Pache. “I don’t think I could sit up there and do it,” says Pache’s boss, KSAZ news director Doug Bannard, who oversees the News Now project. “Rubbing my head and patting my tummy is enough.”