Career outlook for TV presenter
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would introduce and host TV programmes, interview people and report on issues and events.
You would be the public face of TV. You could work on national or regional television, or satellite and cable channels.
You could work on all kinds of live or recorded programmes, such as:
- News and current affairs
- Music shows
- Talk shows
- Children's entertainment
- Game shows
- Special interest programmes such as travel or history
You would engage with the audience and keep their interest throughout the programme. Your tasks would depend on the type of show, but typically you would:
- Meet with the production team to go through the running order
- Be briefed by researchers, or prepare your own scripts, links and interview questions
- Present, which may include reading from an autocue, interviewing guests and working with studio audiences
- React to instructions given to you through an earpiece by the director or floor manager
- Go through several 'takes' if needed
In live broadcasts you would usually follow a script. There may be times when you would have to improvise, for example during an interview.
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