Media / Digital Media

Media Presenter

Media presenters host TV, radio and web-based programs across a range of broadcast styles, covering all forms of content, including music.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Media Presenter do?

Media presenters host and present TV, radio and web-based programs including live talkback, sports programs, interviews and news and weather bulletins. They also present music programs, covering all types of music, including live concert broadcasts.

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Work activities

As a media presenter, you might:

  • meet with producers or the production team to go through the running order of the program
  • be briefed by researchers, or prepare your own scripts and interview questions
  • announce guests, music and entertainment items
  • read commercials, both live and pre-recorded
  • read news bulletins
  • provide station identification, time, weather and community announcements
  • introduce live performances
  • conduct interviews and host talkback programs
  • comment on the live action in sporting events and other live-to-air broadcasts
  • work off-camera in television announcing programmes
  • host panel shows and live variety shows
  • work with studio audiences
  • listen and react to instructions from producers, directors or floor managers.
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Key skills and interests

To become a media presenter, you would need:

  • confidence and an outgoing personality
  • excellent speaking voice and presentation skills
  • interviewing skills
  • a good command of English, or the language in which you are presenting
  • broad current affairs or music knowledge
  • technical ability to operate broadcasting equipment
  • calmness under pressure
  • the ability to multi-task.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a media presenter you might have a regular on-air time slot, but you may also work irregular hours pre-recording interviews and researching stories.

Conditions

You would work in a TV or radio studio, as well as in the field conducting interviews and presenting live-to-air programs. You may be required to travel at short notice.

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How to become an Media Presenter?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a media presenter without formal qualifications. However, the majority of media presenters begin their careers in other roles in media, such as program production, journalism or research. Most entry level roles in the media will require a university degree in media, communication or journalism. To get into these degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with English.

Entry level roles in the media are extremely competitive. You should try to gain some experience by volunteering or undertaking an internship in community, university or commercial media.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of media presenters is projected to remain neutral.

Declining revenue for all forms of media organisations has led to less demand for all workers in the media. However, media organisations will still need presenters. Employment prospects are likely to be better for presenters who can research and write some of their own material, and who have experience in more than one type of media.

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