A broadcaster works on television or radio programmes.

Broadcasting positions include television or radio broadcasting assistants, broadcast journalists or presenters. Broadcast assistants help with the day-to-day production and delivery of local or national television/radio programmes. Broadcast journalists research and report news and current affairs for news bulletins and factual productions. They usually have a particular role, for example reporter, editor, producer or presenter. Some broadcasters work on a freelance basis; others may have fixed contracts with particular programmes or radio shows.

Broadcasters are expected to uphold certain legal standards in their research methods and material.

Work activities

  • Researching, investigating and presenting factual information on news or current affairs.
  • Working to strict deadlines.
  • Generating ideas for stories and features.
  • Arranging and carrying out live or recorded interviews.
  • Using specialised technology to record and present material.
  • Ensuring shows run smoothly (broadcast assistants).

Work conditions

Travel: is necessary for journalists and reporters who are working on location.
Working hours: can be irregular and unsociable, including nights and weekends.
Location: Relocation may be necessary for freelancers as contracts are frequently short-term.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate courses are available at a number of institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland, however gathering as much practical experience as possible in a broadcasting environment is vital.

Further information

Trainee schemes can offer a direct path into a broadcasting career.