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TV or Radio Presenter

Radio presenter speaking into microphone in a recording studio

A presenter is the front person for television and radio programmes, appearing regularly on every edition of the programme and linking guest speakers. They may work in announcing, linking programmes and reading bulletins.

The Work

You might work on various kinds of programmes, for example news, chat shows, children’s shows, quiz shows, sport or political programmes.

As a TV or radio presenter you could be:

As a continuity announcer you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Most presenters start as unpaid interns to gain experience. Salaries vary greatly depending on your experience and where you are working. Many presenters work freelance for different companies. Well-known presenters earn significantly higher salaries.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Useful Subjects

Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
851
6.9 %
RISE
2029
910
  United Kingdom
2024
13595
6.2 %
RISE
2029
14440

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You also need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. As well as learning on the job at BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay in various departments, you will study towards a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at a Glasgow college. Ideally applicants will have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. Entry is very competitive as places are limited. For any questions and updates by following @BBCGetin on Twitter. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Careers.

Trainee Finder is ScreenSkills flagship new entrant programme which offers paid work placements across a range of roles in film and TV. Applications are currently closed for the 2024-25 programme. Recruitment will usually begin around September of the year before placement. Find out more and apply online by visiting the Film Trainee Finder website.

Video

Courtesy of BBC Northern Ireland

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
Website: https://careers.bbc.co.uk/
Twitter: @BBCGetIn

Global
Tel: 020 7766 6000
E-mail: recruitment@global.com
Website: https://jobs.global.com/
Twitter: @global
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisglobal

Radio Academy
E-mail: info@radioacademy.org
Website: http://www.radioacademy.org
Twitter: @radioacademy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/radioacademy/

Information on how to break into the world of radio.

ScreenSkills
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.screenskills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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