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News Bot is an automaton from the Transformers Animated continuity family
NewsBot

Autobots: Threat or Menace?

Whenever there is news to report, News Bot is there! Whenever there is a scoop to be found, News Bot is there! Whenever the writers need to inflict comic violence against an unsuspecting putz and Tutor Bot isn't available, News Bot is there! Ever vigilant, ever hunting for the truth of the matter, and ever ready to be crushed under a taxi.

He also has a sweet hat.

Fiction

Animated cartoon

Voice actor: David Kaye (English, "Headmaster"), Townsend Coleman (English, "The Return of the Headmaster")
Daniel and robot

Add another couple hundred to his therapy bills.

News Bot's first break into the media world came when he interviewed the Autobot Bulkhead, in what was presumably a means of improving the compassionate but clumsy bot's standing with the people. News Bot quickly shifted into an interrogatory mode, however, and asked if Bulkhead (as the largest and most potentially destructive Autobot) ever feared for the damage he might do to Detroit and its people. Bulkhead's attempts to clear his good name quickly resulted in the dismemberment of the News Bot's boom-mike arm, which was followed up by "utter destruction" and "horrific carnage" as Bulkhead's attempts to save the city from a rogue missile did as much damage to the environment as the stray projectile would have. News Bot reported this all very thoroughly and only missed making a despairing plea of "Oh, the Humanity!" before being accidentally crushed under a car. The sight of his head protruding from the wreckage mildly traumatised a nearby human child, a situation which Bulkhead then worsened by decapitating the hapless News Bot. Kid's gonna need some serious therapy to suppress these memories.

Suitably patched up within a few hours, the News Bot later reported on an attack at the Detroit Solar Fusion Power Plant. Though it was Headmaster enacting the carnage in Bulkhead's hijacked body, News Bot assumed Bulkhead was the party responsible, suggesting a chip on his shoulder, which was fair enough, given their history together. Headmaster

Some time later, News Bot provided coverage for a news conference hosted by Sentinel Prime and Optimus Prime, which quickly turned sour when Sentinel began condescending toward humans. Rightly deducing that Sentinel was little more than a poser with little of value to say, News Bot then attempted to grill Optimus on human-cyborg—er... human-Autobot-relations, which earned him the wrath of Sentinel. Return of the Headmaster

Notes

  • News Bot's design has many touchstones with media equipment and newscasting in general. He's mounted on three wheeled legs, much like a camera tripod. Besides his two conventional arms, which are forever scribbling in a notebook (as opposed to making any sort of digital record), he also has a microphone and still-images camera mounted on extra limbs. If he can also record footage through his optics, then this little bot can write a newspaper and broadcast both radio and TV news segments at the same time. Sweetness.

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