Hate what television news has become?
A large part of the blame goes to two men: Frank Magid, who died yesterday at age 78, and Al Primo.
Magid was responsible for the invention, development, and distribution of "Action News," starting in 1965. Primo created "Eyewitness News," a similar beast, at approximately the same time.
While we can blame the two men who popularized the idea, it's probably not fair to hold them responsible for the myriad examples of terrible execution which ensued.