A TV Presenter hosts television programmes. These may include live sports matches, chat shows and documentaries. They need clear pronunciation, an engaging tone and to be confident on-screen, their personality shining through at all times. An in-depth knowledge of sport allows them to remain calm under pressure, while the ability to take direction from a producer, teleprompter, cue cards or earpiece keeps the programme flowing,
They’ll usually introduce the programme and then get insight from studio guests or interviewees. It’s the TV Presenter’s job to prompt their subjects and ensure timings are kept to. Coordination with the Director, Floor Manager, Cameraperson and Sound Operators is necessary. When a programme comes to the end, a TV Presenter closes the show.
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Sometimes things go wrong. If a mistake happens and the topic is thrown off track, a TV Presenter needs to improvise to keep the programme engaging and the audience interested.
There are no specific qualifications required to become a TV Presenter. An undergraduate degree in Media, Journalism or a related field may help facilitate a move into TV Presentation, but is not essential.
There are numerous pathways to becoming a TV Presenter. Many Presenters start off as Runners or Researchers on television shows. This teaches them the basics of the industry. Some start their career in Journalism and transition into television after successful stints on the radio or in a newspaper, while others move into TV Presenting after working in acting. Nowadays, TV Presenters are even being recruited directly from YouTube. Attracting subscribers with an engaging on-screen personality helps prove competence. Employees usually ask applicants for their showreel – a two to three minute edit of an applicant’s on-screen presentation skills that demonstrates their ability. YouTube footage can be used to do this, while voluntary work with community sports clubs or universities can also prove valuable. Appearances at casting calls will also help prospective TV Presenters develop the skills required to help them stand out from the competition – and may also lead to employment opportunities.