The newsreader on Hessenschau today said at the very end of the 20 November 19:30–20:00 broadcast, when she was announcing the rest of the programme at around 19:59:

Presenter A: Und wir sehen uns um 22:15 wieder.

Presenter B: Nach der Tagesschau gibts aber erst mal MEX. Ich bin heute Abend wieder das doppelte Lottchen im HR. Ich hoffe doch sehr Sie bleiben dran. Schönen Abend.

I know Das doppelte Lottchen as a children's book by Erich Kästner, in which twin kids for fun take each others position.

I don't know any metaphorical meaning. What does the newsreader mean here?

  • I appreciate the video link, but could you tell us at what time the utterance occurs? I checked the end and it wasn't there.
    – David Vogt
    Nov 20, 2019 at 19:29
  • @DavidVogt Looks like todays broadcast isn't online yet. It's still in the livestream, at the time of writing at -35:00 but that will of course change :-/ Anyway, I added the full context and clarified the link to the livestream.
    – gerrit
    Nov 20, 2019 at 19:33
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    I would assume she is speaking about the situation that she appears in two different broadcasts simultanously - one prerecorded and one live. And on HR it is the tv station she is currently broadcasting that's why she says "ich hoffe Sie bleiben dran". It is not necessarily live on HR. Nov 21, 2019 at 13:22

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Und wir sehen uns um 22:15 wieder. Nach dem Tagesschau gibts aber erst mal MEX. Ich bin heute Abend wieder das doppelte Lottchen im HR.

She probably meant the repetition of her appearing later in the programme.

It's quite unlikely that she's got a twin to appear.

  • Is that a normal use of this phrase or is she saying something non-standard?
    – gerrit
    Nov 20, 2019 at 19:36
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    @gerrit More or less a joke probably, not standard. Nov 20, 2019 at 19:37
  • @gerrit - But it's not the first time I heard it.
    – mic
    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:57

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