Broadcast Presenter Wanted
A public face, or voice, of programmes that educate, entertain and inform audiences by presenting information or entertainment in an accessible and attractive way.
The nature of the job varies according to programmes subject matter, such as current Affairs, news, weather, sport, music, lifestyle, etc. Generally though, a broadcast presenter will introduce, host (or co-host) on a programme, he create links between items, introduce and interview guests and interact with the audience.
- Researching topics and background information for items to be featured on the programme
- Planning and rehearsing shows
- Writing, and sometimes memorizing, scripts
- Liaising with other members of the production and technical teams
- Introducing and hosting programmes
- Interviewing guests in the studio, by telephone or on location
- Reading short news, traffic, sport or weather reports
- Providing links between programmes
- Reading from a script or autocue, or improvising
- Keeps the programme running to schedule, responding positively and quickly to problems or changes and improvising where necessary.
After the broadcast, presenters may meet with the production crew to assess or review the broadcast and to plan the next broadcast.
- Work is from 6am, involving early mornings and or weekends, although this depends on the timing of the programme.
- On-air presenters are less likely to go out on location to cover stories and their working hours may be more predictable.
- You are expected to work for a minimum period of 50 hours in a week.
- A day off duty
- Working hours will consist of day duties.
- You will be required to perform less hours or additional hours depending on work schedules assigned by your superior
- You may be assigned to represent the company from both far and near as part of your functions
What to expect
- Presenters work much longer than the actual broadcast hours. Pre-show preparation, such as meetings with the producer, researching, writing scripts, rehearsing and post-show review, which includes discussing the broadcast with the producer and beginning advance planning for the next show, all add to the working day.
- Most work is based in a studio, but may also include outside broadcasts, which involves working in all conditions.
- Presenters have a public image to maintain and, as a result, must be prepared for some loss of privacy.
- Travel during the working day varies according to the type of programme. Radio road shows, for example, involve a significant amount of travel, and you may be working away from home for extended periods of time.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Performance skills and a clear voice
- Ability to generate original ideas
- Personable and confident manner
- Broad range of interests, including current affairs
- Good research and interviewing skills
- Confidence and the ability to sell yourself
- Awareness of media law
- Ability to take the initiative and make quick decisions under pressure
- Team-working skills
- Reading comprehension
- Use of logic, reasoning and critical thinking
- Creativity and problem-solving skills.