Watching a local news program might be a part of your daily routine, but have you ever considered what it takes to get a newscast on the air? A television station is comprised of several departments that work together to create programs that inform and entertain.
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The General Manager
At a television station, the general manager oversees departments. The GM is in charge of guiding the people who run the individual departments. Those departments normally include: news, production, sales, promotions and engineering. All departments impact how a news product is presented on the air.
The news department gathers, writes and edits the stories for a daily newscast. News departments consist of several job titles, including news director, assignment editor, executive producer, producers, reporters, anchors and photographers. Each position is important to providing quality programming.
The production department puts on air what the news department creates. Production departments often include a director, technical director, audio operator, master control operator and camera operators.
The sales department generates revenue for the station by getting companies to buy commercial spots.
The promotions department often works with companies that buy commercials, creating a concept for the commercial and editing it to create an on-air product. Employees in the promotions department also create commercials to advertise the station.
The engineering department takes care of the technical aspect of a newscast and the station itself. When something breaks, they are the people employees in other departments call on.
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