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Transmission (or broadcast) engineers are responsible for the overall daily management of live and pre-recorded broadcast transmissions. They oversee the transmission teams in a supervisory role, making sure that programmes are broadcast at the right times and to a desirable standard.
Managing transmission equipment is a vital task. Transmission engineers set up the audio and video circuits as well as the editing equipment in the studio. They usually spend most of their time in the master control room, operating the links between the studio and any OB (outside broadcast) units, ensuring that, if there are any connection problems with a video links, they are repaired quickly.
Transmission engineers must communicate and collaborate with maintenance departments, spotting any technical faults and getting them resolved speedily, before and sometimes during broadcasting. Communication between line management and the transmission staff is very important and the transmission engineer is required to make sure that this runs smoothly.
Transmission engineers also need to be good team leaders, as they are responsible for managing all the staff in the transmission departments, including vision mixers, so they will hire, train up and organise shift patterns. This also requires good time management and organisation. It is a technical role, requiring focus and dedication to the broadcasting industry.