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Presenters are the faces and voices of a broadcast television. They work in a wide range of areas, covering news, sports, documentaries and popular entertainment.
Presenters introduce and host or co-host programmes, as well as providing links between clips and introducing and interviewing guests or performers. Besides presenting programmes, presenters may have to research and familiarise themselves with stories and guests, write some of the script and make sure that the programming is running on schedule.
Presenters are often hooked up to the production team on a live broadcast, so that they can make sure that nothing overruns or explain any hiccups in the programming.
The majority of material that gets presented will be scripted and typically read from an autocue, but there are often unforeseen situations in live broadcasting which can arise and force presenters to improvise.
The role of a presenter can vary dramatically depending on the genre of programming that they are involved in. Some presenters will choose to specialise in a particular area, to build a name for themselves, whilst others will take any job that comes along. With presenting, physical appearance is as important as personality, and the two will often be required to fit in neatly with the chosen genre of programming.
Presenters often start their careers at a young age, and build up a reputation. Most of the training is received on the job, but a theatrical or media background is also seen as a benefit to employers.