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Other names for TV Presenter:
- Newsroom Manager
- TV Announcer
- TV Broadcaster
- TV Commentator
- TV Compeer
- TV Newsreader
What is a Television Presenter?
Presenters are the ‘faces of tv’ and are regularly seen in a variety of programmes, or between programmes.
Television Presenters may specialise in:
- Sports (like Soccerzone)
- Magazine (like Pasella)
- News and Weather
- Reality (like Survivor)
- Talkshow (like Katch it with Khanyi)
- Topical (like 3rd Degree)
- Childrens’ programmes (like Yo TV Toddlers)
- Documentary (like Top Gear)
Some TV Presenters introduce live programmes, while others announce pre-recorded or filmed programmes. This usually happens between adverts and programmes.
Television Presenters work under bright, hot lights in front of cameras. They are required to work irregular hours in shifts.
Some TV Presenters may create, record and produce their own special television programmes.
What does a TV Presenter do?
- prepares and delivers news, sports, and/or weather reports
- gathers and rewrites material so that it will fit specific time slots
- reads news flashes to inform audiences of important events
- introduces shows or upcoming events
- selects program content in conjunction with producers
- researches background information to prepare for programs or interviews
- interviews show guests about their lives etc
- comments on music and other matters, for example weather or traffic conditions
- discusses various topics over the telephone with viewers
- makes promotional/celebrity appearances at public, private or fund-raising events
Are you … ?
- aesthetically appealing?
- a person with a good sense of humour?
- an extrovert?
- a person with a good general knowledge?
- a good, clear speaker?
- someone with a good command of language/s?
How do I become a Television Presenter?
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education.
- CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
There are a number of ways to becoming a TV Presenter:
to start – being part of your drama club at school or in your local community
auditioning as a young person presenting childrens’ programmes and working your way up through to more adult-orientated programmes
studying speech and drama at one of SA’s or private institutions (see under ACTOR for more details)
studying media and film courses at one of SA’s or private institutions (see under TV director for more details)
A film school which offers courses and degrees in all aspect of film making.
- BIG FISH SCHOOL OF DIGITAL FILM MAKING
- TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
- UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
- AUTEUR FILM SCHOOL
- CENTRE FOR FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES
PLEASE NOTE: Some courses are not accredited and these may prevent you getting your job of choice.
Is becoming a TV Presenter the right career choice for me?