Should real life newsreaders and journalists who appear in fictional drama films and TV shows be categorised as "actors" or "self"?

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I've just been searching through the credits for a few regional newsreaders as I know quite a few of them have appeared in fictional dramas in the last few years to keep a bit of realism. 

However I've noticed some of them are listed as acting credits, some of them are listed as self credits, and some have a mixture of the two (with some of them listed twice on their page in both the acting and self sections).

So where should they be credited?
Are they acting or not, when they're basically doing what they do on a daily basis?
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Daniel,

In my opinion, if a newsreader appears in a fictional movie or a scripted TV series, the credit should be listed as an acting role.

If a newsreader appears in a TV news program or a documentary, the credit should be listed in the category under Self.

Himself/Herself - Newsreader

In general, it depends on the project and how the person is or is not credited.

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IMDb also has this guideline:

Where someone is billed in the credits as Himself/Herself in a fictional piece and are playing a scripted, fictional version of themselves, we use the performer's name as the character name to avoid moving the credit to the 'Self' category even if the credits say Himself/Herself.
https://help.imdb.com/article/contrib...
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What GMJ and Peter have explained is important, but whether or not a newsreader's appearance is archive footage or actually scripted and recorded for the specific fiction production could also make a difference in how the newsreader would be listed in a movie's IMDb cast listing.
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They're all definitely scripted for the fictional productions because they talk about fictional crimes which have happened in the show.

The BBC and ITV regional news studios where these presenters/journalists/newsreaders work are all within a 3 mile radius of the majority of the studios which produce these fictional dramas for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky etc.

Most of them are even on the same road so the producers usually only need to walk around the corner or across the road if they need a newsreader for their fictional shows.
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Great!