If you are wondering how to become a TV presenter, below are tips and advice on training for and beginning careers in this area of the television and media industry, as well as job prospects in the UK.
The Job Description
Presenters are the public face of television. They entertain and inform program audiences on national and regional television, and satellite and cable channels. As a TV presenter you could work on all kinds of live or recorded programs, including:
news and current affairs sport music shows chat shows children's entertainment game shows specialist programs such as travel, gardening, history and DIY.
What you actually do will depend on the type of show you present. For most types of program you would act as the host, introduce and interview guests and interact with the audience.
During live broadcasts and recordings you would follow detailed instructions from the production team in order to keep everything to plan whilst on air. You would need to react quickly and positively to any problems or changes. Many presenters are also involved in planning, researching and writing their own scripts before filming or broadcast.
The key personal attributes of good television presenters include:
An outgoing and confident personality
Excellent communication and presentation skills
A flexible approach
The ability to ‘think on your feet’ and ad-lib when necessary
Research and interviewing skills
Calmness under pressure and the ability to work to strict deadlines
A good memory, for recalling facts, figures and scripts
The ability to work well as part of a team.