Maybe it was a slow news day...or maybe they offer this "service" during every newscast. I'm not sure because I prefer our NBC affiliate and generally don't watch much of the CBS one. Nevertheless, while channel surfing during the 6:00 news hour recently I noticed one of WISH-TV's anchors pointing to one computer screen after another. I was curious, so I stopped and watched.
What I saw was an anchor pointing out the top stories today that appeared on the channel's website. One by one, he briefly summarized each of the top 3 or 4 and all of them were on separate large displays behind him. Not large enough for viewers to read anything other than the headline, of course, but I assume the rest of the screens were filled with the text of the stories.
What purpose could this possibly serve? First of all, the stories he pointed out were also covered earlier in the newscast. If I was really interested in them I would have booted up my computer to read more about them earlier in the newscast.
The whole segment had that late 1990's feel of, "hey, we're hip...see?...we've got this thing called a "website"...go check it out!" I figured all the major networks were past that stage.