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TV or Radio Presenter

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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:

Many presenters start as unpaid interns. Starting salaries on local radio are around £14,000 to £18,000 a year. With experience on national TV or radio this can rise to over £35,000 a year. Well-known presenters earn much more than this.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
894
5.1 %
RISE
2023
940
  United Kingdom
2018
20596
1.7 %
RISE
2023
20951

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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. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must 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. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
E-mail: careers@bbchrdirect.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home
Twitter: @BBCCareers

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

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

Edinburgh International Television Festival (EITF)
Tel: 020 7278 9515
E-mail: info@thetvfestival.com
Website: http://www.thetvfestival.com
Twitter: @EdinburghTVFest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsEdinburghTVFestival

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

Information on how to break into the world of radio.

RadioCentre
Tel: 020 7010 0600
Website: http://www.radiocentre.org
Twitter: @Radiocentre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RadiocentreUK/?fref=nf

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

STV (Scottish Television)
Tel: 0141 300 3061
E-mail: hr@stv.tv
Website: http://www.stvplc.tv/careers
Twitter: @WeAreSTV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stvnews

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