TV Anchoring

12/11/2014 Career

TV news anchor or program anchor is a person, who delivers news or
programs of any kind - whether it is a film-based program, comedy show,
reality show, or crime-related report. A mediator between the channel
and the audience, a TV anchor is a reservoir of knowledge, is aware of
the current political scenario, and possesses detailed knowledge of
issues. With the increasing popularity of the telecast media, the task
of news reading and presenting a program has become highly challenging.
Per se, a news reader or a program presenter not only has to provide
information, but also has to convey the same in an entertaining and
compelling manner. A successful TV anchor is one who is enthusiastic,
passionate, energetic, dynamic, and vivacious. He/She should be aware of
his/her duties and responsibilities, and collect information to his/her
best knowledge and sources, without exaggerating the actual facts. The
nature of the program determines the conduct of its anchor. For
instance, if the program is an entertaining show, the anchor must
indulge in light-hearted and jovial conversation with the
guests/audience, should crack jokes at the right time, and must exude a
vibrant attitude. Conversely, if the program, so aired, revolves around a
delicate and serious issue, then the anchor should prefer to stay calm
and composed.

Course Details
Although academic
qualification does not play a major role for news anchoring or program
anchoring, the increasing demand of good anchors has resulted in the
need for specialized and professional training. Many certificate courses
have been designed to enhance the skills of the aspirants. Some
programs even impart training on handling the camera and provide
information on other technical aspects. An overview of film and
television production techniques and practices, training in the change
of facial expressions, voice modulation, use of proper diction and pitch
according to the given script/situation, and exercises in anchoring,
interviewing, news reading, pantomime, and acting for the camera are
taught to the budding anchors.

Career Prospects
The
scope of TV anchoring is very wide. With the launch of many news and
entertainment channels, job opportunities in this field are on the rise.
One can work with any news channel as a TV news/programme anchor or
with any entertainment channel as a host/programme presenter in a
reality show, game show, comedy show.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Due
to the increasing demand and popularity of TV anchors, a number of
institutes have started conducting specialized training courses for the
same. Various mass communication institutes have launched workshops and
certificate programs in TV news anchoring and program anchoring. Some
prominent institutions such courses are: IAAN School of Mass
Communication, New Delhi; Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT),
Noida; Pran�s Media Institute, Noida; Center for Research in Art of
Film and Television (CRAFT), New Delhi; International Institute for
Media & Films (IIMF), Jaipur; National School of Events (NSE) at
Mumbai, Indore, and Kolkata; International Media Institute (IMI),
Gurgaon; Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad; Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi; Garden City College, Bangalore; and Indian
Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

Remuneration
Presently,
the demand for TV anchors is extremely high. Beginners can expect a
starting salary between Rs. 8000 and Rs. 12,000 per month. Experienced
TV anchors can be offered lucrative packages, starting from Rs. 30,000.
Apart from money, good anchoring can easily fetch name and fame

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