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How to become a television presenter in Australia: careers in entertainment

A television presenter is the face of a television program. They introduce and host television programs, interview people, and report on events and issues. They often have a hand in the promotion of a TV show and its brand identity – becoming linked in the public’s mind with the goals of the show. Other tasks may include voicing commercials, reporting live from events, recapping the daily news or hosting a variety of discussion programs. There’s no one pathway to becoming a television presenter, although many do find their way there through work experience as journalists, producers, news correspondents or from fields such as comedy, acting or reality television.
Pathways

Being a television presenter: daily duties

The daily duties of a television presenter both in front of and behind the camera will vary depending on the type of program they work for and their particular skill-set. Some tasks could include hosting live television events, conducting on-air interviews, acting as MCs at events, providing commentary on sporting programs, mediating panel-style discussion shows and writing scripted segments for their shows.

Tasks:

  • Mediating discussion shows
  • Writing script dialogue
  • Conducting live segments and interviews
  • Providing commentary
  • Hosting television shows
Skills

Being a television presenter: skills for success

Television presenters need to have exceptional communication skills, including a clear speaking voice and an excellent personal presentation. They need to be able to remember dialogue, improvise quickly if necessary, and articulate their words precisely. Television presenters need to be confident, and must not be camera-shy.
Skills/attributes
  • Confident personality
  • Well presented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to articulate clearly
  • Ability to improvise in stressful situations
Specs

Specialised roles within entertainment

There are a number of further specialisations a television presenter can pursue within the profession, choosing a career path aligning with their skills, interests and passions.
  • Sports commentator
    A sports commentator provides a live commentary on sporting events, drawing on their improvisational skills. They generally work within a single sport where they have a detailed knowledge of its history, rules and players.
  • News reader
    News readers are the hosts of news programs for television networks and provide articulate reports of the day’s current events. They may conduct live-to-air interviews with correspondents, experts and other news subjects. They must report with a journalistic tone, reading from teleprompters that have been scripted by journalists and other news staff.
  • Correspondent
    A correspondent is a journalist who reports from a specific location through video feed. They provide a detailed, first-hand account and information about events in the part of the world where they are located.
Pathways

Educational pathways for television presenters

There are a variety of education options that can give you a head start in the entertainment industry.
  • Start your career
    Break into the entertainment industry by choosing a degree to suit your skills and interests.
  • Strengthen your skills
    Build an understanding of the television industry and work towards your career goals.
  • Build your resume
    Build your skills in practical speaking and presentation.
  • Industry requirements
    There are no formal certifications required to become a television presenter in Australia.
  • Finding Work
    Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your entertainment career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.
  • Employment Prospects
    Moderate growth is expected for television presenter roles in the next few years.

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