How to Become an Anchor or Host

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Want to be an Anchor or Host


Anchoring being a vast profession with too many shows and upcoming new channels, it is very challenging to get into it. As we have already briefed you in our previous article regarding “Anchoring as a Career Option”. As it is not that easy to get into the profession of Anchoring or hosting, it is important to know how to get into it. Is any specific qualification or special skill required for it? Answer to this is yes, a minimum qualification of 10+2 is sufficient for initial basis with good voice quality.

Education and Personal attributes:

Although academic qualification does not play a major role for news anchoring or program anchoring. With the increase in demand for good anchors, as a result need for specialized and professional training is required. There are many course designed to enhance the skill of applicants. Most of the anchoring courses are of one to six months duration.

The course syllabus for anchoring covers training in the change of facial expressions, voice modulation, use of proper diction and pitch according to the given script/situation etc. They are also trained on anchoring, interviewing, news reading, chat shows etc. The courses designed for anchoring also focus on other aspects like technical issues and camera handling to enhance the skills of aspirants.

The voice is the key quality to be possessed by an anchor. Anchor must have a passion towards the career and must be responsible. The anchor must also be versatile and flexible based on the nature of the program, if the theme of the program is a sappy entertainment theme then the anchor must be jovial, glamorous and should indulge in light-hearted conversation.

To become a TV news anchor, a course in journalism will be helping you a lot. As there are many certificate, diploma, graduation and post graduate courses available for the same. Following are some well-known institutions offering such courses:

  • 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
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi

Remuneration offered:
Anchors at the big-time networks can make millions of dollars a year, but when you start out you might barely make between Rs. 8000 and Rs. 12,000 per month. Salaries can vary in between these extremes, depending on the size of the market in which you work. Experienced TV anchors can be offered lucrative packages, starting from Rs. 30,000. Apart from money, good anchoring can easily fetch name and fame.

Hence, anchoring has wide scope as a career opportunity with the constant launch of various news, infotainment and entertainment channels. This career is rewarding not only in monetary terms, but the fame and honor one gains from this field is much more. So would you like to go for it? Let us know in the comment section.

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