The responsibilities of a TV anchor include willingness to work for prolonged hours. This is a high stress profession and there are times when you can have to work for continuous shifts. You have to ensure that along with impeccable presentation, you should also be well dressed and poised. There are a lot of complexities involved here apart from just reading the scripts provided to you. Learning to modulate your voice, edit segments, and also create your own show is required for this profession. There is a need to multi task and respond spontaneously to all kinds of questions.
News anchors are expected to look formally dressed up at the oddest hours of the night. As the news anchor you are also expected to read the news sheet provided to you, and suggest changes if required. You can also sit with the editor and review the shots, which are going to be presented on the news. You should be willing to relocate and travel as required. Certain news programs are conducted like a TV series and so you should ensure continuity of the theme of the programs. Coordinating with your co-host and other news anchors is essential to maintain a good rapport. You should review and rehearse the script provided to you before hosting the show. Being acquainted with the reports before hosting live shows is vital to avoid mistakes.
As a TV show anchor you should be excellent in speaking and must have a pleasant voice and personality. Your professional expertise would be evident in the way you present the show and the content of your talk and conversations. Having good presence of mind is essential to handle minor errors or any similar kinds of obstructions during the shows. You should be ready to have a glamorous and exciting career, which can also mean working during the holidays.
The educational qualifications of the TV host or anchor requires a professional or bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. There are also post graduate and master level degrees available in broadcasting news, and during the course you can also get some work experience.
Monthly salaries for entry level anchors range from $2,500 to $8,000 depending on the TV channel you work with, your popularity and your experience. They are also paid according to each TV show. The job of the news anchor can get you international recognition, along with job satisfaction.