1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2536-21 Program Director (Radio or Television)

Compiles and directs programs for television and radio.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks Include:

  • plans and organises the preparation and presentation of programs including major news bulletins, current affairs programs or special coverages, both pre-recorded and live to air
  • briefs program guests and interviewers on subject matter to be discussed
  • confers with specialists, such as technical producers to develop suitable sound and lighting effects, set designs, costumes and choreography
  • supervises the implementation of visual and dramatic effects
  • monitors incoming communications from news sources such as foreign correspondents
  • liaises with network editors, senior producers and directors, graphics staff, other program departments and outside news or program sources
  • directs field crews on program assignments
  • assists in the development of news and program policies and the presentation and style of bulletins and programs
  • edits tapes and assembles program sequences

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