Broadcasting Presenter

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    Broadcasting presenters provide a public voice or face to a range of shows broadcast on TV, radio and the internet. Your role is to entertain and inform the audience by presenting information or entertainment in an accessible and attractive way. You’ll introduce, host (or co-host) a programme, create links between items, introduce and interview guests and interact with the audience.

     

    Employers of Broadcasting Presenters

    • national radio stations
    • Independent radio stations
    • Internet radio stations
    • BBC (for both television and radio, nationally and locally)

     

    Duties

    • writing and rehearsing scripts
    • meeting with programme directors/producers to discuss programmes/shows
    • choosing and playing music
    • organizing meetings, interviews and schedules
    • undertaking relevant background research
    • interviewing guests via the telephone or in person
    • presenting traffic, weather and/or news summaries
    • giving reviews of newly released books, films, music etc
    • providing programme links
    • operating technical equipment, such as radio ‘desks’.

     

    Qualifications

    There are several routes into broadcasting for both university graduates and COSC holders. However, qualifications in any of the following areas are strongly preferred:

    • broadcast/radio/television/media production
    • music technology
    • drama/performing arts
    • journalism
    • languages
    • media/communications studies

     

    Skills

    • excellent communication and presentation skills
    • performance skills and a clear voice
    • the ability to generate original ideas
    • a personable and confident manner
    • a broad range of interests, including current affairs
    • good research and interviewing skills
    • the confidence and the ability to sell yourself
    • an awareness of media law
    • the ability to take initiative and make quick decisions under pressure
    • team-working skills
    • creativity and problem-solving skills

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