TV or not TV… THAT is the question
Television has been the undisputed king of mass media for several generations. The small box in the corner of the living room in the 50s grew in size, went from black and white to colour pictures, morphed into flat screens hung on walls and recently became completely digital.
Through all these changes the medium has carried the messages of the news media and entertainment industries, with some of the biggest shared cultural experiences of the past half century being delivered via TV.
It is no surprise than many people across a wide spectrum of disciplines have always been drawn to work in television. Apart from those famous faces that work in front of the camera and appear onscreen, there are numerous other ‘back stage’ roles that are essential in bringing any project to air.
Cameramen, sound engineers, lighting crew and other technicians all significantly outnumber those people on screen. Producers, directors, editors and post-production specialists across a wide range of skill sets are also all needed to bring the final product together.
There are numerous ways in which anyone who wants to be involved in television broadcasting can look for an opening but due to the increased specialisation and technological demands of the industry today a good educational grounding is now essential in order to take even the very first steps on a career path.
Degree courses taught by industry practitioners as both staff and visiting lecturers are a fantastic way to learn firsthand from people who know exactly what they are talking about.
Colleges such as Ravensbourne offer broadcasting degree courses where learners can achieve professional and constructional competence in production and broadcast standards for television. By providing an environment that is equipped to professional digital film standards, students can learn in a way that mirrors the integrated workplace modern television broadcast professionals work in.
TV or not TV?
Over the past decade the internet has begun to show the possibilities for truly interactive television style broadcasting where the consumer is at the heart of delivery systems, rather than playing a passive role at the mercy of broadcast scheduling.
None of these developments mean that television is under threat; in fact all it really means is that as the industry adapts and grows the demand for qualified professionals will become even greater.
Photograph by Rob DiCaterino