Presenters work at the front line of radio and television, entertaining or informing the audience. They work in all areas of broadcasting – national and regional television and radio, satellite and cable channels. Tasks will vary depending on medium and the type of programme.
Presenters work on a variety of types of programme, including news, current affairs, sport, music shows, chat shows and gameshows and specialist programmes such as travel, gardening, history and DIY. They may be involved in introducing and hosting programmes, introducing and interviewing guests, playing music and interacting with the audience.
Announcers (often known as continuity announcers) may introduce programmes, provide links between them, give details of future programmes and read short news items and traffic or weather bulletins.
Announcers and presenters work closely with the production team, following detailed instructions in order to keep programmes to plan whilst on air and need to respond quickly and positively to any problems or changes.
On smaller regional or independent radio stations they may also have to operate some of the technical equipment for recording and playback.
Before the programme presenters will discuss the programme with directors/producers and will usually be involved in planning, including researching and rehearsing. They may write their own material.
Announcers and presenters often work long hours, including early, late or night shifts, depending on the needs of the particular programme or production. They are normally employed on a contract basis.
They might work in a sound or TV studio, which is usually air- conditioned. However, they can often work on outside broadcasts in all weathers and situations.
To be an announcer or presenter you should:
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Commercial Radio Companies Association
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