Larry Mendte could have advocated for all this while he was a lead anchor at KYW, but instead he was busy trying to get into (or got into) his co-anchor’s skirt and creeping her out and jealous enough over her salary that he went through her e-mail. Also, I surmise the whole bit about not paying for anchor-bots is a swipe at his old colleagues.
I’ve never worked with these mythical anchor-bots who don’t know anything about what they read. I’m sure they exist; I just haven’t worked with one in any significant capacity. If you want more experts and expertise, Larry, here’s something you could push for: ask stations to pay for it, both in its on-set talent and the people behind the scenes.