Broadcast and Media Systems Technical Operator

Occupational overview

A Broadcast and Media Systems Technical Operator supports the delivery of broadcast and communication services; these could be television or radio programmes, podcasts, and internet streaming services, pay-per-view or downloadable content. They will work within a team reporting to the Team Leader/Shift Leader, providing support to both Production Crew and Broadcast and Media Systems Technicians and Engineers, to ensure studio and web broadcast services and transmissions are consistently maintained without impact to live broadcasts.

Their workplace could be located in a broadcast or operations centre, as part of TV/Radio studio operations, or, on an Outside Broadcast operation, at customer premises, or outdoors on transmission sites. They will need to ensure that working environments and areas are safe from hazards and that specific risks are identified and reported, and that the required equipment is safe to use both on site and off site.

They will typically work for a production company, broadcaster or media services supplier, or a broadcast equipment supplier/manufacturer. Due to the nature of the role, they may be required to work unsocial hours.


A Broadcast and Media Systems Technical Operator knows and understands:

Broadcast Communications Systems and Networks

  • How Networks can be used to deliver cost effective, efficient and quality content for broadcast/playout/online services such as live broadcasts
  • The end-to-end broadcast workflow from production (studio) to distribution (home) and their role within this
  • How to prepare the agreed technical set up for broadcast systems and networks
  • How to collect, filter and analyse data regarding service operations to aid problem/incident management
  • How to recognise faults, and who and when to escalate these to, in line with organisational procedures
  • The industry standards, such as, delivery protocols and recommendations relevant to own role

Service delivery

  • The level of service agreed for delivery
  • The regulatory environment of own organisation, and how the wider broadcast media operates
  • The agreed quality standards for service delivery and how to maintain these
  • The resources required to deliver the broadcast service including people, equipment and systems
  • The causes and consequences of service failure, and how to respond appropriately
  • How to identify service problems and establish workarounds
  • Business continuity procedures

Health and Safety

  • How to safely use all tools and equipment required for the role
  • How to assess new and existing event spaces (venues) for safety, operational and creative suitability
  • The risks and hazards that apply to the role and how and when to report Health and Safety issues to the appropriate personnel


A Broadcast and Media Communications Technical Operator is able to:

Broadcast Communication Systems and Networks

  • Follow processes to ensure that the integrity and security of file based media content is maintained e.g. to avoid hacking or theft of assets
  • Prepare and assemble the agreed technical set up for live or pre-recorded content including video and sound equipment, broadcast systems and networks
  • Use industry specific software and hardware and follow industry specified processes relating to sound and visual workflows transmission
  • Use the appropriate systems to assess suitability of media for broadcast such as subtitles or audio description
  • Accurately monitor audio and video signals

Service Delivery

  • Monitor channel outputs for quality and continuity of service ensuring adherence to OFCOM specifications and guidelines
  • Communicate fault conditions in a timely and coherent manner to colleagues, customers and suppliers, escalating to managers as required
  • Apply incident control procedures and complete incident control reports in line with organisational procedures
  • Work with broadcast technicians and engineers to re-establish and maintain service when it is interrupted
  • Implement agreed processes and log work carried out to services in line with service agreements
  • Communicate clearly and concisely using discretion when required
  • Work effectively, both individually and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers
  • Work accurately with a high degree of attention to detail

Health and Safety

  • Ensure health and safety guidelines and policies, including electrical safety procedures, are followed at all times, reporting any health and incidents or hazards to the appropriate personnel
  • Maintain a secure working environment, in line with organisational policies, in order to protect individuals, information and organisational assets


A Broadcast and Media Communications Technical Operator will be expected to demonstrate:

  • A strong work ethic, taking personal responsibility for own work, meeting deadlines, setting the right example for others and displaying honesty and integrity
  • Treating others with respect, showing sensitivity to others and demonstrating an openness to others’ ideas and input to develop effective working relationships with colleagues and customers
  • A positive attitude, adaptability and responsiveness to change
  • Thinking creatively and using a systematic approach to resolve technical issues relating to broadcast and media systems operations
  • Developing and maintaining own professional competence in broadcast and media systems operations; a willingness to learn new skills

Entry requirements

Apprentices without English and Mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking   their End Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3, and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.


Typically, 22 months.

Professional qualifications

This is a level 3 apprenticeship.


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