142-Announcers on radio, television and other media
Announcers on radio, television and other media
Read news bulletins, conduct interviews, and make other announcements or introductions on radio, television, and in theatres and other establishments or media
Announcers on radio, television and other media are involved in preparing, introducing and/ or reading across a variety of media platforms. They are involved in presenting or hosting programs such as news which may cover contemporary issues such as business, political, sports weather, traffic news, sports, weather, fashion or specific programs such music, documentaries, reports, chat or talkback shows, interviews, live performances, and other specialist fields. They may research background information, gather and rewrite material to communicate the required information in a manner fit for purpose ? e.g. assembled to fit specific time slots for a range of media (stream TV/radio, Twitter, Facebook, cable TV). They may read or rewrite for announcement news briefs to inform audiences of important issues, occurrences or events or present longer reports in differing formats. They may be required to read from Teleprompters, scripts, memory, or ad-lib and work with very fine and tight timelines in which to present information. They often work closely with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public to select and present relevant program content.
Job activities and tasks include:
- reading news bulletins and making other announcements on radio or television
- introducing performing artists or persons being interviewed, and making related announcements on radio, television, or in theatres, night-clubs and other establishments
- interviewing persons in public, especially on radio and television
- studying background information in order to prepare for programs or interviews
- commenting on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions
Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
May work in a studio with regular hours although it may be weekend, night or day work or on location and follow either regular or irregular hours depending on the field of work. For instance on-camera presenters need to be well groomed and are likely to follow regular hours. On radio they need to have a clear voice and dress code is not as important. Specialist subject presenters, such as business, political, legal and sports commentators, however may follow irregular hours in pursuit of relevant stories or providing running commentary. They may work as volunteer (unpaid) presenters, semi-volunteer (some payment maybe from a private or public grant) presenters or professional (full salary) presenters; largely dependent on the purpose of the organization, whether private, government or community based. They are generally required to develop a sound knowledge of the subject area they are presenting. Their work may prove stressful and in some cases very stressful due to strict timetables and deadlines followed by the industry when on broadcasting live-to-air, versus pre-recorded.
Diploma/Associate degree in communication and media or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent. Larger and more professional organizations may require individuals to hold a Bachelor degree in communication and media studies as an entry requirement.
5 years and above
Abu Dhabi Radio, Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi Media Company
Above the industry average
Examples of job titles:
Radio announcer - Television announcer - News anchor - Sports announcer
Examples of some related occupations:
Journalist - News anchor - Anchor - Television news anchor (TV news anchor) - Announcer - Meteorologist - Host - Program director - Sports director - Radio announcer - News director