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Exclusive: Thea Andrews Says “Technology Has Changed TV News Forever”

Thea Andrews Interview

Thea Andrews is a Canadian journalist and TV personality, known for her contributions to both sports and entertainment news. Andrews said working on various television shows playing a reporter has been fun, but nothing gets her as excited as her news show, OMG! Insider. In this exclusive CableTV interview, Andrews discusses what makes her tick, her television appearances, and gives advice to up-and-coming journalists.

Q: How did you get started in journalism?

Andrews: I started as an intern and then a production assistant. I became a writer and then a field producer and ended up producing kids TV at Global Network up in Canada. I worked on the programming blog for the kids on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I was not intending to get back in front of the camera at all. I really wanted to focus on producing, but I kept getting in front of the camera and eventually I just gave up on trying to do both. I didn’t take the traditional route, but I don’t know if there is one, really.

Q: How is television changing as technology evolves?

Andrews: It’s changed everything. It’s completely turned around everything that we do. First of all, our job is 24-7 now. It wasn’t that long ago that everything was focused on that one half hour or 22 minutes that airs at seven o’clock at night. Everything we did revolved around putting those 22 minutes together. That is simply not the case anymore. We are producing a television show where a chuck of it exists in that place, but the rest of it lives on the web. We are constantly updating through our website, Twitter, and other forms of social media. News has always been 24-7, but the way we cover it is [now also] 24-7, and that changes everything we do.

Q: Do you feel that has changed how people view television series and/or television media?

Andrews: I think our show is a great example. Our show is really a conversation. It’s written by us. [Co-host] Kevin Frazier and I write our own scripts. It’s not even really scripted. We have talking points and we will have certain throws and tags to remind us of where we are going, but really it’s a conversation that he and I are having. It’s a much more informal way—it’s not a presentation. In the past, entertainment was very much a glossy presentation where a newsreader would stand in front of the camera all dolled up and not really have any connection to the material. We work in a living newsroom where people are working behind us. One thing about living in a 24-7 news cycle is people are aware of the news by the time they get to us in the evening. So, we come to the table understanding that you know a lot of the headlines already and you aren’t hearing them for the first time, so we need to take that story deeper.

Q: Is that a positive change because you are able to go deeper into stories and spend more time on things?

Andrews: I think it’s positive. What makes our show interesting is that we have a point of view. We are not coming to you and saying, “Guess what? This is the day’s headlines.” We are saying, “Hey, you know this happened, now let us give you our perspective on what happened. We are going to come into it with a point of view and try to share that with you. It’s a conversation.

Listen to the rest of our interview with Thea Andrews below.

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Monica Gleberman began writing in 2000. She has been published on CNN and in the Suffolk Times, Examiner, The Daily Collegian, Demand Studios, Patch, and The Tattoo.

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