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Jenna asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 7 years ago

Why do so many TV weather reporters have to say "and I am METEOROLOGIST John Doe"?

Do other reporters say "and I am Jane Doe, Masters In Communications, wishing you a good day"?

WHY do so many weather reporters have to make a point of THEIR special degree/certification? Are we supposed to feel more confident with THEIR predictions than we would of those of a plain old weather reporter? How did this silly trend catch on? So many seem to feel the need to assert their title!

4 Answers

  • Pete
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
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    For years TV stations hired models and actors/actresses to read the weather reports on air. They knew nothing of weather and simply read the script provided. Now stations are hiring meteorologists (Actual weathermen) who not only read the weather but prepare the reports and analyze them. They want to make that perfectly clear so they are careful to identify themselves as meteorologists rather than your local weather girl or boy.

  • 7 years ago

    Jenna, you answered your own question. They say that because they want you to feel more confident with their predictions because they studied and obtained the title of meteorologist. TV stations can be very competitive when it comes to this popular feature of their broadcasts. Personally, I favor the wisdom of Mark Twain: "We all grumble about the weather, but" (dramatic pause) "--but--but nothing is done about it."

  • mac
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    The weather is fickle. Because of that, weather forecast are wrong half of the time. To maintain some credibility, weather forecaster adds the fancy title before their name.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Because name recognition is what gets them more pay, better jobs...

    Weathermen lead the list in becoming head anchors for news shows.

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