Campaign to Eliminate "Well..."
Must every TV reporter on every story start with, "Well..." before getting to the point?
My DH's third grade teacher taught her students to stop this habit. Any child who stood to recite and began with, "Well..." was shouted down by the class.
Must every reporter also say a "Thank you" to the anchor person before starting a report, and BE thanked by the anchor at the end of his report: "Thank you *for that*." (No thanks required, and what *else* does the viewer imagine he's done for the anchor?) Enough already!
While I'm complaining, let me wish for an end to the false conviviality between the news/weather/sports anchors. You can be pleasant and 'on the team' without this forced affection. It's as appealing as "Have a nice day."