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How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

WTAJ Adds an Hour of News at 4 p.m. To Lineup

WTAJ, the CBS affiliate in Johnstown, PA, is the latest station to announce a venture into the 4 p.m. hour. The station will debut an hour-long newscast in that timeslot on September 12.

According to WTAJ, the broadcast will be the first news programming at 4 p.m. in the Johnstown market. Anchored by Dawn Pellas and Sarah Swistak, the program will be a fully interactive platform, engaging and connecting viewers through the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

“In addition to local news, weather and feature reporting from the WTAJ news team, we are very excited to bring new and exclusive lifestyle and community interest programming to Central Pennsylvania with ‘Central Pa. Live,’” vice president and general manager Phil Dubrow said in a statement.