Apparently, the clocks in the CNN New York makeup room were set ahead ten minutes, so the makeup artists could get the talent ready, and then send them quickly to the set for their show, the NY Daily News reports.
A spy noticed a sign above a digital clock in the 7th-floor Columbus Circle makeup room reading, “Clocks have been set to actual time,” and inquired as to why.
“They explained that the anchors are arriving last-minute to set because they sit in hair and makeup, then rush out, but they need to look the best they can,” laughed our source. “Talent spends too much time in the makeup chairs and are arriving on the set too close to going live. Producers want talent in the chair on set at least 10 minutes before the show goes live. That gives them time to get (their) mic and earpiece and make sure everything is working.”
They go on to explain that “talent is so busy looking in the mirror, they leave no time to get their mic on. Ten minutes makes all the difference.”
(H/t Johnny Dollar)