News anchors generally read prepared scripts, but in emergencies, they often have to ad-lib commentary on the air. Many news anchors are also involved in writing and/or editing the news for their programs. Sometimes news anchors interview guests and moderate panels or discussions. Some provide commentary for the audience during parades and other events.
American news anchors are frequently imitated and lampooned, including being the subject of long running gags on Saturday Night Live and the subject of sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown and NewsRadio.
Notable American News Anchors
Notable British and Australian Newsreaders
American Broadcasting Company as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.