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TV presenter

TV presenters introduce and host programmes, interview people and report on issues and events.

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

45 to 47 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; flexibly

Future employment

There will be 0.5% more TV presenter jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

Your daily tasks would depend on the type of show you present.

As a TV presenter you could:

  • work on live or pre-recorded programmes
  • go through your show's running order with the production team
  • get briefings from researchers, or prepare your own scripts, links and interview questions
  • rehearse
  • present your show, read from an autocue, interview guests or work with a studio audience
  • react to on-air instructions given to you by the director or floor manager

Working environment

You could work at a TV studio.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • specialist subject knowledge

You could do a degree that will teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a TV presenter.

Relevant subjects include:

  • media production
  • drama or performing arts
  • journalism or broadcast journalism
  • media or communication studies

Other degree subjects can also be useful. For example, in some presenting roles you may need specialist subject knowledge like:

  • science
  • history
  • economics
  • politics

You can search for courses that are approved by ScreenSkills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You could do an apprenticeship in broadcasting or journalism like:

  • Broadcast Production Assistant Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Journalist Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Senior Journalist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

With experience and further training you may be able to move into TV presenting.

Entry requirements

Most people following this route have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Presenters often move into TV from other media jobs like journalism and research, or from presenting on radio or online.

You may be able to start as a production runner or researcher with a media organisation and work your way up with experience and training.

Volunteering and work experience

You could get presenting experience through:

Look out for:

  • work experience placements
  • insight and talent days
  • internship schemes

These may help you get into the industry.

You can search for opportunities with broadcasters like:

Other routes

If you have detailed knowledge of a subject, such as sport, gardening, food or science, you might find work as an expert contributor, presenting or co-presenting programmes with an experienced professional.

More information

Career tips

Some broadcasters hold competitions to find new presenters.

You'll usually need a showreel, with clips of yourself on camera, to give to broadcasters, producers or media recruitment agencies.

You will need to audition and take a screen test.

Competition is strong, so you'll need determination, persistence and the ability to promote yourself.

Jobs are not always advertised, so you need to make industry contacts to find out who is hiring.

Further information

You'll find more details about working in TV and the media through:ScreenSkills; Broadcast Journalism Training Council; Media City; Discover Creative Careers

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You may be able to move from freelance contracts to a full-time, paid role with a TV channel.

You could switch from smaller or regional TV productions to national and international TV work.

You may be able to go from lower budget programmes to presenting on prime-time TV.

With an established TV career you could take on other media work, like:radio; acting; writing for newspapers or magazines; production

Creative Skillset has more information on working as a TV presenter.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • concentration skills
  • a good memory
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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