Newscast Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: News Director/Broadcast Operations

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Television experience or work toward a related degree is preferred.


  • Arrives on time.
  • Conducts pre-show checks prior to 30 minutes until newscast. (See Director’s Pre-show Checklist)
  • Directs newscasts, as assigned.
  • Edits video in Field59; posts video to stories.
  • Edits video for newscasts, as assigned.
  • Direct and switch a high quality newscast, promotional spots, and any special programs as assigned by the News Director.
  • Arrive at work on time 
  • Edit video from various feeds 
  • Train production assistants, making sure they are adequately cross-trained to competently perform in all production positions within 6 months of hire
  • Collaborate with producers and talent to improve broadcasts
  • Develop and enforce newsroom and production standards and practices, especially those aimed at eliminating production errors
  • Be familiar with all phases of the control room and studio
  • Meet daily with show producer to discuss formats and presentation of the newscast.
  • Check graphics for accuracy before the show.
  • Lead the technical crew through live programming
  • Communicate any technical issues with relevant newsroom/station staff
  • Keep current on all software upgrades and any new software
  • Submit daily written reports of quality control problems
  • Post all newscast video online daily AND embed to it’s the associated story
  • Confirm with production crew that all pre-show checks are complete at least 10 minutes prior to every broadcast.  Address issues/concerns as they arise.
  • Digitally record newscast daily in news control.  Keep for 24 hours.
  • Maintain a weekly PA duty schedule.  It should be posted weekly in the control room and emailed to the news director each Friday.  Confirm that duties are completed.  
  • Recommend disciplinary action to the news director for any PA who doesn’t complete his/her duties.
  • Be available to work other shifts as needed, as fill-in or in severe weather/emergency situations.
  • Coordinate production assistant schedules, in consultation with the news director and other newscast directors, as needed
  • Assist (or lead, as needed) in all aspects of the newsroom operation, from production to newsgathering
  • Cross-train in other areas of production throughout the station, to include creative services, commercial production, and promotional production
  • Other duties as assigned by management.


  • Act and respond to last minute changes
  • Supervise the work of others
  • Work within deadlines and manage time wisely
  • Working knowledge of various computer systems and software, including Tricaster/Newsmaker, Adobe Premiere, and Photoshop
  • Communicate with news staff and other departments
  • Dress in a professional manner
  • Be respectful of station property and property of co-workers
  • Safely operate and protect station equipment
  • Keep work area organized
  • Respond in a timely manner
  • Available to work irregular hours, weekends, and holidays
  • Able to follow detailed instructions
  • Demonstrate efficient time and work habits
  • Good attendance record
  • Able to direct work and gain the cooperation of others
  • Have a valid driver’s license

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41NBC/WMGT is an equal opportunity employer which seeks and employs qualified individuals without discrimination. EOE, M/F/D/V, Pre-Employment drug screening and background check.
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