A TV broadcaster is a person who reports the news on a local or national level. TV broadcasters report the news from a specific location (also known as “field reporters”), or from inside a television studio (also known as “anchors”). He or she informs viewers about the daily events that took place in a local town, city, state, nation, or around the world.
TV broadcasters report special interest stories, general news stories, business news, weather reports, traffic reports, investigative reports, and sports reports. Other common TV broadcaster duties include: writing news copy, arranging news or special report segments, locating stories, fact checking, interviewing, and attending community-based events.
While there are no formal educational requirements to becoming a TV broadcaster, the majority of professionals in this industry have a great deal of work experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related field. Employers request several samples of relevant work experience showcasing the candidate’s abilities. TV broadcasters are typically required to have several years of field experience prior to applying for any anchor positions.
Other recommended skills include: exceptional writing skills, reporting skills, computer skills, effective speaking skills, the ability to work under pressure, the ability to multi-task, and interviewing skills.
The typical average salary of an experienced TV broadcaster is about $83,370 per year. Starting salaries average around $30,000 per year, with the overall median salary being about $46,700 per year.