The TV News Drinking Game
A Few Rules
This game can be played during any program produced by
a network, cable, or local news operation. The term “anchor” refers to any
person involved in the live on-camera, in-studio presentation of a newscast, (ie.
news, weather and sports people, on-set reporters, etc.)
Of course, know when to say "when." Don't drink and drive. As always, no
- An anchor mentions the name of his/her network/station.
- TWICE if an anchor mentions the name of another
- A microphone flag from another station appears on the
- TWICE if a reporter or anchor from another station
appears on the air.
- An anchor pretends to sort through papers on the desk.
- A news anchor is chroma-keyed in front of anything.
- An anchor laughs.
- A generic network liveshot is attempted.
- TWICE if it takes more than five seconds for the
network reporter to start talking.
- The anchor thanks the network reporter after the
- Video of fat people shot only from the neck down is
- An anchor or reporter says, medical breakthrough, high
tech, fighting for / clinging to life, a family left homeless, or a parent’s
- You hear someone who is not normally on-camera. (ie.
floor directors, camera people, station guests)
- TWICE if you see someone who is not normally on-camera.
(bump shots count)
- Anyone appearing on-camera is not fully clothed. (not
necessarily talent. people behind liveshots count)
- An on-air person is refered to only as a letter or
series of letters. (ie. Mr. G, A.J.)
- You hear the words Live, Big Board Sports, AccuWeather,
Team Coverage, or Exclusive.
- An anchor or reporter says the name of a body part that
normally is not discussed in polite mixed company.
- An interview or standup is conducted in front of a
- More than one reporter appears on-camera
- A station vehicle appears on-camera.
- You see or hear a helicopter.
- A reporter uses a prop in a standup.
- A reporter wears a hard hat, or any protective garment.
- TWICE if the reporter mentions the hard hat, or
- It’s obvious the reporter shot his/her own standup.
- A reporter appears on camera in multiple,
- A reporter walks during a standup.
- TWICE if a reporter runs during a standup.
- A reporter is more than 100 yards from the camera
during a standup.
- TWICE if a reporter is in some sort of costume.
- A reporter is driving during a standup.
- TWICE if the camera is somewhere besides in the car
with the reporter.
- A reporter is in a boat or aircraft.
- TWICE if the reporter is operating the boat or
aircraft. (holding an oar counts)
- Anyone eats on-camera.
- A reporter is on skis, snowboard, skates, skateboard,
- A standup was obviously done in or within walking
distance of the station, or a reporter's or photographer's house.
- FULL BEER if both of a reporter’s feet at any time
leave the ground during a standup. (Skipping, skydiving, bungee jumping,
temporary mid-air suspension of any kind)
- The weather person is shown "...in the weather center
finishing up your forecast..." during a bump shot.
- A weather person says radiational cooling, frontal
system, disturbance, trough, or dew point.
- The word “doppler,” or "NEXRAD" is said, immediately
followed by a number.
- TWICE if that number is higher than one thousand.
- TWICE if an anchor is obviously chroma-keyed in front
of the wrong thing.
- FULL BEER if it’s so bad a non-news person would notice
- TWICE if an anchor laughs uncontrollably.
- FULL BEER if it’s so bad the station has to go to
- TelePrompTer obviously goes out.
- TWICE if the anchor says nothing intelligible for more
than five seconds.
- An anchor or reporter is CG’d as someone else.
- TWICE if an anchor or reporter is CG’d as an animal or
- A network anchor is anywhere besides New York.
- TWICE if a network anchor is outside the United States.
- A NETWORK reporter BESIDES JEFF FLOCK so much as moves
a muscle below the neck during a standup.
- You hear the word tonight.
- TWICE if it’s said by Diane Sawyer or Sam Donaldson.
(consult a physician before playing during PrimeTime Live’s headlines)
- Katie Couric appears on an NBC show OTHER THAN Today.
- One drink for every period of five consecutive seconds
that Katie Couric is not smiling. (on any show)
- Dan Rather cries.
- Tom Brokaw slurs.
- Peter Jennings looks off-camera to your right.