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Annika Pergament has little patience for an old TV news habit: Report on a big story, show how it has upended someone’s life and then … just move on.
That penchant for “drive-by reporting,” as she calls it, will find no quarter in The Rush Hour, the new daily afternoon newscast Pergament is anchoring at Spectrum News’ NY1. Instead, she aims to circle back to big stories and the lives intersected by them to see how it all turned for the key people involved.
In this Talking TV conversation, Pergament, a 30-year veteran reporter and anchor for the station, shares her ambitions for a different kind of newscast, the conventions all around her that irk her the most and explains how much is at stake for TV news this year.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: Annika Pergament is a three-decade veteran of Spectrum News’ NY1. She’s the anchor of a new two-hour weekday news program, The Rush Hour, on NY1 that debuted on January 16th.
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV, our weekly video podcast. Today, I’m in conversation with Annika Pergament to talk about the new show’s ambition to dive deeper into New York news and her vantage point from the anchor’s desk about how local TV news is, and should be, changing. We’ll be right back with that conversation.
Hello and welcome, Anika Pergament.
Annika Pergament: Thanks for having me.
Thanks for being here, Annika. What