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"let`s go now, LIVE to our reporter........... "

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"let`s go now, LIVE to our reporter........... "

Quite a few news reports feature the famous words...... "Let`s go now, to our reporter, outside  (number 10 Downing Street) (the Royal Courts of Justice) (number 11 Downing street) (Buckingham Palace).... or wherever the story has a link to...
Is this supposed to give us a feeling of "credibility" in the reporter, as if he/she, had just that minute, come out of the aforementioned premises, with his head full of the answers that the news presenter is about to ask him/her, having gained that information whilst inside the aforementioned premises.
Certainly it doesn`t impress me.... as generally the questions, (and the answers given) could quite easily have been done in a studio, with a giant wall poster of the said premises behind the reporter... ( and very often could have been done that way ).. Surely, this "live" reporting is all a big con, but must cost the tv company quite a lot of money to get on air in this way... ( or perhaps not, as they will only have their OB vehicle and staff sitting in the canteen waiting until a "real" reason for their existance to occur.
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Re: "let`s go now, LIVE to our reporter........... "

It also used to be the regular practice in News items for us to see a public figure walking along a street or up or down stairs before being interviewed. I did wonder if this was to assure us that they were not puppets being manipulated by the the camera staff. Perhaps it was only to drag the offering out to make it look more important. Luckily this practice seems to be less obvious these days.
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Re: "let`s go now, LIVE to our reporter........... "

The interesting bit is when such hapless reporters are interrupted by the news presenter in the studio passing on some "breaking news" just received - then being invited to explain what it all means. Of course being skilled journalists they can talk for the prescribed 90 seconds to fill the slot without saying anything of substance.
It's amazing how commentators in the USA (in particular)  always seem to have a backdrop "window" overlooking the White House.
David