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The Television Presenter

TV Presenter

The television presenter is the front-person for a program. Their job includes:

Being a presenter is all about personality. Although presenters must learn a few simple technical skills, what usually makes or breaks a presenter is the ability to project the right type of onscreen personality.

Obviously some presenting roles have specific requirements. For example, a news reader must be able to read an autocue without mistakes, a football presenter must have good game knowledge, a children's presenter must be able to relate well to kids, etc.

During a typical production the presenter may need to work closely with the director, floor manager, camera operators and sound operators.

Required Skills

Presenters are expected to have the following skills:


Like it or not, it's a fact that your looks can have a bearing on your ability to find work as a presenter. You don't necessarily have to be gorgeous, but let's face it — ugly people are under-represented in this vocation. We don't approve of it but it would be remiss of us not to be realistic.

If you're not blessed with great looks, don't assume that you can never be in front of a camera. You might be surprised at how well you come across with a little training and a little makeup. You can also look for work in areas which are less reliant upon looks. For example, an ordinary-looking presenter would have trouble getting work on a makeover show, but might do fine in general interest shows such as science, travel, etc.