Media Presenter

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Media presenters deliver a variety of radio, television and live programs, including all music formats, music and chat programs, interview and talkback programs, news bulletins and sports programs. They may also present rock and classical music concerts that are broadcast live to air, and pre-recorded programs such as documentary and music specials. Areas of specialisation include sports commentator, disc jockey, newsreader, talkback announcer and political commentator. Media presenters may be required to work irregular hours, including weekends. Specialist presenters, such as sports and political commentators, should have a solid knowledge of the subject they are presenting.

You can work as a media presenter without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. Completion of a course in media studies or journalism may also enhance your employment prospects.

Educational and community radio stations are staffed mainly by volunteers and they can offer you experience and often conduct their own short courses and/or offer opportunities for you to gain credit towards training package qualifications. Contact your local station or the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia for more details.