Newscasters occasionally appear as themselves in movies, and recite fictitious news to move the movie's story along. For example, Matt Lauer has appeared as himself recently in both Zoolander 2 and Entourage. What is the first movie where a recognizable newscaster / journalist did this?

  • If you allow radio, John Snagge on the Goon Show in about 1958. – Chenmunka May 26 '16 at 7:27

Earliest I can think is of is BBC news reader Kenneth Kendall reading the news in 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968:

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  • I think @BrettFromLA was asking for an anchor/reporter playing himself. I cannot remember this scene in the movie. Do you know if Kendall was billed as "Himself" or something more generic like "News Anchor" in the credits? – sonnik May 25 '16 at 22:06
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    It's uncredited, but he was active in news until his death in (real) 2012 so he could be playing himself, also he was a household face/name at the time so anyone from the UK would have said "there's Kenneth Kendall" – The Wandering Dev Manager May 25 '16 at 22:45
  • That's a good answer! It's borderline though, because he was uncredited. We'd need to ask Stanley Kubrick his intentions, but that's not an option. (Upvote anyway!) – BrettFromLA May 26 '16 at 16:33
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    Thanks, I won't also mention the iPad he's on in 1968 😂 – The Wandering Dev Manager May 26 '16 at 19:52
  • In 1960's movies Sink the Bismark, Edward R. Morrow played himself as a newscaster who was in London in 1941. – dean1957 Jun 18 '18 at 21:58

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