It's certainly a thing in TV shows. This is also the episode where Mark St Claire (Joseph Chapman) suddenly appears as a reporter. I remember being quite startled the first time I saw this face looming at me on screen but this time around I knew it was coming up (although not which episode) so it was more a matter of, "Oh here he is". Nice to see Janet MacLachlan reprising her role as reporter Lynn Sutter in the same scene. It's so brief she almost needn't have bothered but the continuity adds to the feeling that this is a real workplace.