Master control operators are in charge of executing on-air transmissions and ensuring the technical quality of programming and other media operations for their organization. They are responsible for monitoring network transmissions for quality control, as well as reviewing, editing, and confirming the ongoing reliability of the automated playlists. They also interact with the automation software, making changes to the on-air schedule when necessary to ensure continuity in programming. One of the operator's main responsibilities includes performing all playback and monitoring functions for the origination of multiple satellite broadcast channels. They create business relationships with other media professionals as well.
A bachelor's degree in a related field is necessary for this position. In addition, experience in a master control setting may be required or preferred, and industry certifications may be beneficial. Master control operators should possess a strong technical background in media broadcasts to ensure they can resolve programming, and transmission issues as they arise. Additionally, they should have excellent organizational and time-management skills, as well as an advanced knowledge of audio/video standards and the logistics of broadcasting operations. These operators must work well in a team environment with other operators, but also be able to perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Master Control Operator Tasks
Monitor broadcasts, breaks, and commercials and ensure that television schedule is followed.
Record and document video feeds.
Maintain station logs and update information to reflect desired or actual schedule.
Interrupt broadcasts or alter programs when a supervisor approves it.