What does a television presenter do?

Television presenters have a multi-faceted role within the television industry both in front of and behind the camera. The daily duties of a television presenter will vary depending on daily events, the kind of program they work for and their particular skill-set. They may be called upon to host live television events, conduct on-air interviews with celebrities or public figures, act as an MC for an event, provide commentary on sporting programmes, mediate panel style discussion shows and write scripted segments for their programme.

Tasks:

  • Mediate discussion shows 
  • Script show dialogue
  • Conduct live segments and interviews
  • Provide commentary i.e. for sporting events
  • Host television shows

What skills do I need to be a television presenter?

Television presenters are renowned for having immaculate communication skills. Television presenters are required to remember dialogue, improvise quickly, respond appropriately and articulate their words with precision. A television presenter cannot be camera-shy and must carry themselves with confidence. Depending on the type of show, a television presenter must be willing to physically present themselves in a manner befitting of the show and the producer’s vision. 

Skills/attributes
  • Confident personality
  • Well presented
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to articulate clearly
  • Able to improvise in stressful situations

Specialisations

As a television presenter, there are a number of further specialisations within the profession that you can consider. Choose a career path that aligns with your interests, skills and passions.

Sports Commentator

Sports commentators lend their improvisational skills to providing a live commentary on sporting events. Sports commentators usually work within a single sport, one in which they have a detailed knowledge of the history, rules and players. Sports commentary adds structure to televised sports broadcasts, adding explanations and opinions to the gameplay.

News Reader

News readers host news programs for television networks. News readers provide an articulate report on the days current events and will often conduct live-to-air interviews with correspondents in the field, experts and news subjects. News readers report with a journalistic tone and read from tele-prompters that have been scripted by writers and journalists.

Media Correspondent

A media correspondent is a journalist that reports from a specific location in the world through a video feed that is broadcast into the studio. Media correspondents provide detailed, first-hand updates and information about events in their part of the world.

Study pathways for television presenters

There are a number of degrees that will offer you the head start you need to make into the entertainment industry. Choosing your specialisation will give you insight into what study options are required for you.

Getting Started

Choose a degree that will help you break into the entertainment industry

Skill Building

Work towards your career goals and build an understanding of the television industry

Professional Development

Learn practical speaking and presentation skills

Industry Recognition

While you do not need to be formally certified to become a television presenter, experience or training in the media will boost your chances of employment considerably.

Getting a job after graduation

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.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is expected be moderate growth in employment opportunities for television presenters over the next few of years.