The planking meme reached local morning newscasts this week as the KTLA morning team sprawled horizontally on surfaces throughout the studio on Wednesday (video above) and KPRC’s Owen Conflenti (who knows a thing or two about internet notoriety) tried his hand at it on Thursday morning, spreading awkwardly across the anchor desk…
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“I’m sorry to everyone for my offensive gesture on television last week,” Conflenti told the Houston Chronicle. “My actions were careless and unprofessional. I can assure my viewers it will never happen again.”
With the advent of HD broadcasting and the increasing popularity of widescreen TVs, the TV news industry has had to make adjustments. Stations have erected new, HD-optimized studios, photographers have had to learn new equipment, and anchors have had to change their makeup.
One seemingly unforeseen change associated with the wider aspect ratio, though, is that morning anchors can no longer secretly flip the bird during a newscast.
KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti found this out on Monday morning when his passing middle finger salute was captured within the wider frame. Around 9:20 a.m., as Conflenti welcomed viewers back from a commercial break, he nonchalantly raised his middle finger in the direction of someone off-camera. He continued on as if nothing had happened and for those watching the news update on a 4:3 screen, nothing appeared to have happened.
Several blogs picked up the incriminating 16:9 video and some have speculated that Conflenti had been suspended by the Houston NBC-affiliate. Fortifying the suspension rumor was the fact that Conflenti was missing from Tuesday’s morning newscast. Read more