Television newscast directors are responsible for managing the planning, production, and presentation of television news shows and supervising news staff to ensure that the broadcast runs smoothly.
Strong communication skills are essential in this position, and television newscast directors must be able to think quickly on their feet and solve problems in real time. Diplomacy is also important, as they must maintain ethical, editorial, and moral integrity throughout the broadcast. These directors must understand every phase of a newscast, including reporting, news planning, editing, and production, and they may help develop story ideas, select reporters for coverage, track issues and events, and schedule stories for publication. A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or a related field is generally required for this position, and some positions may require a master's degree.
Television newscast directors work primarily in news studios, the size of which can vary depending on the size of the station itself, and co-workers may include reporters, news anchors, and other departmental staff. Hours in this position can vary greatly and may depend on when the program airs on television, and long hours without breaks may occasionally be necessary.
Television Newscast Director Tasks
Oversee department budgeting, daily planning, gathering, preparation and presentation of news.
Supervise studio personnel and technical staff assigned to control room.
Oversee desired on-air look of news broadcasts.
Direct fast paced and graphics heavy newscasts using state of the art systems and equipment.
Direct on-location, live field broadcasts for on-air and digital programs.