Frequently Asked Questions
You should be able to find answers to any questions that you may have. Click on any listing below to take you to further information regarding that question.
Do you advertise jobs?
Not yet. This is something we may consider for StartinTV.com in the future if it seems appropriate and if there is a demand for such advertisements.
Many entry level positions are filled by direct contact and connections rather than by advertising and interviewing. More employers are using StartinTV.com to source bright new talent directly, saving themselves time.
Why is work experience so important?
Ask anyone currently working in TV - they're likely to tell you that's exactly how they got started. It's a chance to find out if the business suits you and you suit the business. Some might call it exploitation, others might say it's simply the result of market forces - a lot of people want to get in and it is, effectively, a 'buyers' market. View it as a chance to prove yourself and find out if this is really what you want to do.
Initially, some work experience might be unpaid... you are receiving good training after all ... but after a while you can expect to be paid. Always make a special effort to get things right, be helpful and make a good impression. This will help turn your work experience into a paying job. PLEASE SEE StartinTV pages on the site for more on this: The link is; http://www.startintv.com/resources/yourfirstday.php
What about Radio Careers?
Working for a local radio station, hospital radio, even student or community radio could provide you with the type of experience and demonstrate the commitment to broadcasting that potential employers are looking for in future TV producers.
The BBC has five national radio stations, around 40 local stations and also the World Service. The number of independent radio stations is constantly increasing. There are national and around 250 local radio stations. In addition, there are also a host of hospital and university/college stations.
What about news journalism?
Clearly, TV news journalism is a specialised field, but the same rules apply. You will need sufficient specific training, a demonstrable interest in the subject and a background of relevant knowledge. Local radio is a particularly good route in, along with experience at local newspapers.
How much do jobs in television pay?
To start with, probably nothing or very little if you are lucky. To show you're keen on a broadcasting career you will probably have to gain the necessary experience by offering your services for free. Once in and experienced, you could go on to earn around £15k-20k as a production or broadcast assistant, and see your pay rise to around £25k- 30k or much, much more if you get to be a Producer/Director and from there - the sky's the limit. Become a senior executive and expect to be very comfortable indeed!
Where can I find more information?
http://www.skillset.org/careers/ is a good site which offers plenty of useful advice for those hoping for a career in the media.
The Radio Authority can provide you with the names and contact details for each independent radio station http://www.ofcom.org.uk/a>
The Radio Academy is a professional body for those working in or interested in radio. Check them out at
Books are a good source of general careers information. Getting into the Media 2003, by Emma Caprez and published by Trotman is available from www.amazon.co.uk.
We've lots of sources of useful information at our Links page (see the left-hand menu).
What about the film industry?
Feature films are another industry. The skills you gain in TV however, overlap massively and TV is often the way in. Begin to develop a serious and comprehensive interest in the subject and tailor your career in this direction from the start.
How long a spell of work can I expect to get?
Where do I look for work in TV?
Well, the good news is you have made the best possible start by coming here! The most important thing at the beginning of your career is to gain experience wherever possible. Good sources of jobs for those already in the industry are Media Guardian (every Monday), industry press such as Broadcast, websites like the BBC world of opportunity at bbc.co.uk/jobs. The latest BBC production training scheme plans are always announced in the press and on the BBC website, although competition for places is incredibly intense.