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Broadcasting Production Assistant

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€18k > 35 
Broadcasting Production Assistant
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€18 - 35 
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Trainees: 18k
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Last Updated: March, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Provides practical support to the director and production team during the making of films and television programmes, so that the production runs smoothly and on time.

The Work header image

Broadcasting production assistants, known as PAs, help television and radio producers to do their job. Their particular tasks depend on the type of programme, its budget and the size of the production team. However, all PAs have typing and other secretarial duties. For instance, they deal with the producers' letters and telephone calls, typescripts and take notes at meetings. PAs are also usually responsible for getting permission to broadcast material that is covered by copyright.  
In preparation for filming or recording, PAs book studios and organise and attend planning meetings. The meetings include the producer and others involved in programme making, such as scriptwriters, designers, costume, make-up and technical crew. PAs record decisions, prepare and circulate schedules and co-ordinate tasks with different departments.  
For certain types of programme, such as dramas, PAs liaise with agents and make practical arrangements for actors and actresses. Quiz shows and programmes with a studio audience require interviews with contestants and preparation of travel details. After a show, the PA organises the payment of expenses to contestants, presenters and performers. Other planning and organising work can include sorting out transport and accommodation for the crew, and equipment needed to film/record on location.  
During studio recording, PAs work in the control room with the producers/directors. In television, they operate controls to record the shots called by the producer/director. A stopwatch is used to make accurate timing records. They provide the countdown and other time cues to presenters and floor managers during the recording or broadcast. After a recording, PAs compile and write up timings ready for editors and producers in the cutting room.  
PAs may also take continuity notes during filming. For example, they may keep a check on the weather conditions or character details to make sure they stay the same throughout one scene.  
Work for some programmes may involve travel overseas and time away from home. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.


Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.


Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.


Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.


Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.


Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.


Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.


Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.


Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.


Arrange financing for productions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to be well organised with good keyboard skills. PAs must be prepared to spend some time word processing. In some jobs, PAs may set up and maintain spreadsheets of production costs, budgets and so on.  
Precision is important for all aspects of this work. Accuracy is vital when timing programmes. You will need numerical ability for time keeping and financial duties.  
Production work can be demanding and stressful. You should be calm under pressure and react quickly when things go wrong. A friendly co-operative personality is helpful, especially for team working. You will need to be energetic and versatile, as you will have a wide variety of tasks to do.

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