A Day in the Life

TV Presenter

Richard, BBC Presenter 06:30
Up early. Stayed at a hotel in Sardinia last night - filming a piece on the launch of the new VW Polo 07:00
Meet with crew for breakfast and discussion with Director about the feature 07:30
We've decided to include a gag in the piece where viewers can hear what I'm thinking. My 'thoughts' are going to be recorded as voiceover when we get back and then dubbed onto pieces presented to camera without me speaking, just pulling faces! 08:00
Loaded the kit into the crew-bus and yes, I did help! Spent half an hour roaming the hills of Sardinia looking for a location where we can park the car and film the opening links 08:45
Finally find somewhere, set up the camera and then wait whilst the inevitable parade of cars, buses, trucks, dog-walkers, ramblers and low-flying jets pass through and over the shot. 09:30
Opening piece is shot - glad to say I never fluffed a line but it took some doing - at one point I have to stop speaking and stand there pulling faces at the camera whilst I go over the words in my head that will be added on later in the edit suite to make my 'thoughts' audible to viewers. Think I'm getting a headache now! 11:00
Looked for locations, again! This time needed somewhere to film the concluding piece to camera - the bit where I sum up what I think of the car 12:00
After the concluding piece to camera was shot, the crew rigged the small mini-cam inside the car for me to present the in-car links, talking about driving and handling 13:30
With all the in-car stuff done, time for lunch. The Director's mean as heck (they always are!) and gives us just thirty minutes 14:00
Away again and time to film all the exterior shots of the car. I spend an hour driving up and down the same few stretches of road whilst the crew get all the shots of the car moving they need 15:30
Finished the driving shot and gave it some welly to get to the airport in time to check in all the kit. 19:00
Back on the M25 heading for home and trying to think what to say tomorrow morning about the new Honda Civic we're filming in Macclesfield. Life goes on...and on...and on...

What you do: The range of the job?

You are effectively the final link in communicating a programme's subject or message to viewers. From sports reporter to gameshow host, to war correspondent, the jobs vary wildly but there are certain characteristics and abilities they share.

Qualities: What you need to be able to do the job?

You will be a natural communicator. Whilst it helps if you're a show-off, it's not always the loudest person in the bar who makes the best presenter. Sometimes the quietest of people come to life infront of camera. You certainly don't have to look like a supermodel, but how you present yourself is important - TV is a visual medium and you will be on display. An ability to memorise and recall facts, figures and storylines is invaluable - this can be cultivated and developed quite easily.

Career path: How you start and where you can go with it?

Presenter's career paths are as varied as the programmes they present. A TV news reporter will have studied journalism and probably have spent time in local radio or newspapers. Presenters of programmes with specific subjects will usually have an expertise in that subject - from health issues to interior design. An agent can help develop and manage your career, but getting an agent can be very tricky unless you have already developed a career! Sometimes it's easier to get your first few days' work as a presenter than it is to get an agent! Financial rewards vary hugely too. From nothing to a hundred pounds a day for a fledgling presenter reporting into a satellite programme, to many thousands a day for 'big names'. It is very common for a presenter to make the move into production after a while - particularly as people tend to have a 'shelf-life' as a presenter.

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