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Presenting on TV and Radio
An insider's guide

ISBN 9780240519067
Published August 28, 2003 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Aspiring radio and TV presenters will benefit from the informative and entertaining guidance provided by accomplished presenter, Janet Trewin. Presenting on TV and Radio is packed with illustrations, practical exercises and insider tips for improving your presentation skills and breaking into this competitive industry.

Based on the principle that all successful presentation on TV and radio is dependent on uniform skills applicable to both mediums, the book begins by explaining basics such as appearance, authority, body language, diction, scriptwriting, deadlines, technology and working with a co-presenter. Valuable insights into key employment issues such as sexism, ageism, racism and disability are also offered. The different requirements of TV and radio presentation are then examined, focusing on each specialist area in detail and with tips from professionals in the business. These include: presenting news in the studio as an anchor and as a reporter on the road; current affairs and features involving live and recorded material; DJ'ing; light entertainment (e.g. game shows and personality programmes); sports presentation; children's programmes; foreign broadcasters and those broadcasting to worldwide audiences.

Table of Contents

As a journalist and presenter herself, Janet Trewin is ideally placed to investigate not just how you do it but how it feels to do it through the eyes of some of the most successful presenters in TV and Radio. There are practical tips, words of warning and much to inspire in this entertaining book.

Presenters increasingly must work in both TV and radio so the starting point is the essentials common to both such as diction, interviewing, stress and team-working. Specialist TV demands like autocue, pieces to camera and scripting for screen are all covered. Similarly radio skills like ad-libbing, running commentary and writing for radio are explained in full. To demonstrate the immense diversity of the job a collection of high flyers, ranging from news presenters, travel reporters, international business anchors and DJs to the celebrity chef, Brian Turner share their secrets. There's advice too on how to get a job and what about those controversial employment issues? Sexism: Do blond bombshells really get the jobs? Ageism: The presenter who became a celebrity after starting in the business at 62. Racism: Colour on screen but not in the editorial team? Disability: The TV reporter who's had all four limbs amputated and still does the job - she tells how.

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Janet Trewin has more than 20 years experience in network radio and TV as a reporter, presenter, producer and director, working on shows such as Newsbeat (Radio 1), Newsnight, Top Gear, and Working Lunch (BBC2), Today, You and Yours and Going Places (BBC Radio 4), Ultimate Preview (BBC Radio Five ) and World Business Report (BBC World TV). Janet is an author and writer for newspapers and magazines. She's a visiting lecturer in broadcast journalism at City University, London. For many years she's been a trainer of journalists both for the BBC and foreign broadcasting organisations. She also has a large portfolio of international clients for media and crisis training and consultancy.


"There are tips and 'how to' notes galore, and... Trewin does convey a sense of the talent and hard work that is necessary in order to succeed."
BBC's Ariel Magazine

"We highly recommend 'Presenting on TV and Radio' by Janet Trewin."
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"It's witty with a delightful and zippy prose style... This is the voice of experience speaking! For a big part of the readership (students and aspiring presenters) I thought the 'How to Get in and Get On' chapter was excellent. This has a proud place on my groaning shelf of work related books."
Eric May, TV journalist, consultant and trainer