Weekend anchors are newscasters who work primarily on Saturdays and/or Sundays. They are the on-air employees who deliver news to their broadcasting stations' audiences and they may cover global, national, or local events for a broadcasting station.
A bachelor's degree in broadcasting, journalism, or a related field is generally required for this position, and strong verbal communication skills are essential. They must be able to write, develop, and produce news and anchor multiple newscasts, and they may also present breaking news and use a range of broadcasting technologies. They typically work closely with station managers and broadcasting consultants in preparation for their work.
Weekend anchors may be required to attend public events on behalf of their broadcasting station and make phone calls to arrange for interviews, so interpersonal skills are highly beneficial in this position. Those in this position must always be honest and professional in dress and manner, as they are relied upon as such by their audiences, and flexibility is also necessary to travel to interview people for news stories at any time of the week. Weekend anchors must be able to work in a team-oriented environment, and some are also responsible for coaching interns or new anchors.
Weekend Anchor Tasks
Cover breaking news stories in real time and follow along with updates.
Research and develop news stories from the idea stages to a written script.
Venture into the field to cover live events and unfolding stories as they happen.
Present both live and pre-recorded daily news stories in a professional manner on television.
Send timely updates via social media to engage the viewing audience and keep them informed.