Television Presenter Kaipānui Pouaka Whakaata
Television presenters introduce, present or host programmes on television.
Television presenters may do some or all of the following:
- host game shows, current affairs, sports, arts or educational programmes
- read news, sports or weather reports
- interview people
- report on issues and events
- run social media accounts
- research and write scripts
- attend production meetings
- attend promotional events, conferences and social functions.
Television presenters should have clear speech and an expressive voice.
Useful experience includes:
- work as a radio announcer or journalist
- experience in theatre, film, television or radio
- drama or speech training.
Television presenters need to be:
- confident and relaxed on television
- able to work well under pressure
- able to accept criticism, and follow instructions
- able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures
- good communicators
- good planners and organisers.
Television presenters need to have:
- good interviewing skills
- good knowledge of their area of specialisation – such as sports or current affairs
- knowledge of the television production process.
- may work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends
- work in offices, television studios and on location
- work in conditions that may be stressful due to deadlines
- may have to travel locally and overseas to cover stories or complete location shoots.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a television presenter. However, media studies, music, dance and drama, ngā toi, te reo Māori and English are useful.
Television presenters may specialise in areas such as:
- sports commentary
- current affairs
- children's television.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a television presenter, but a good level of spoken English or te reo Māori is essential.
A qualification in television, film, or journalism is preferred by most employers.
A full driver's licence is usually preferred, as television presenters may have to travel to locations for filming that are not accessible by public transport.