• Announcer Job Description

    An announcer is a television or radio reporter and analyst whose job involves introducing and hosting on-air programs, reading news bulletins, commercials and public service announcements, and providing commentary on topics such as fashion, sports, lifestyle or politics to a public audience.

    An announcer should be well organized, good at timing, perceptive, enthusiastic, calm, confident, courageous, approachable and believable, and have good pronunciation and a pleasant and well-controlled voice. They should also be able to ask the right question at the right time and analyze and interpret information.

  • What does an Announcer do?

    Announcers may do some or all of the following:

    • research and prepare for programs and interviews
    • prepare and read scripts
    • operate broadcasting equipment
    • introduce and end on-air programs and shows
    • read commercials and make public on-air announcements
    • provide commentaries on events
    • interview guests and moderate discussions
    • select and play music for an audience
    • engage audience on social media
    • work under tight deadlines
    • stay up to date on current events
    • act as emcees at local events such as weddings and launchings
    • offer ideas and innovation on journalism
  • Where does an Announcer work?
  • Working Conditions

    Announcers usually work shifts including early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays, as many radio and television stations are on-air 24 hours a day. They work indoors in studios, but may also work outside when hosting events or gathering news.

  • What is Required to Become an Announcer ?

    There are no educational requirements to become an announcer, but large stations will require candidates to have a degree in mass communication, radio broadcasting, journalism or language.

  • Modules
  • Specializations
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

    Announcers need to have:

    • patience
    • humility
    • friendliness
    • tactfulness
    • perceptiveness
    • determination
    • courteousness
    • charisma
    • confidence
    • credibility and dependability
    • adaptability and versatility
    • good attention to detail
    • good personal hygiene and appearance
    • good judgment and decision making skills
    • good listening and communication skills
    • time management and organizational skills
    • networking and interviewing skills
    • presentation and public-speaking skills
    • technical skills
    • multitasking skills
    • the ability to conduct self-examination
    • the ability to visualize a story
    • the ability to memorize information quickly
    • the ability to enjoy reading fictions, plays and poetry
    • the ability to work independently as well as with others
    • the ability to follow directions and stick to guidelines
    • the ability to work well under pressure and manage stress
    • the ability to accept and respond well to criticism
    • the ability to relate to a wide variety of people
    • the ability to suppress their own views and biases when broadcasting a story
    • knowledge of TV/radio broadcasting equipment
    • knowledge of various musical styles and performers
    • knowledge of media ethics and law
    • knowledge of a wide range of local and global issues
    • knowledge of the topics they handle


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