1395499657Network Operations Assistant © Dan McKay

Network Operations Assistant

Industries:
TV
Personality type:
Organiser
Departments:
Studio and Broadcast Technology

The lowdown

  • Working for a cable or satellite broadcaster
  • Being responsible for ensuring that all programme materials are available, in a suitable format, of transmittable quality, on deadline for transmission

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • be aware of the requirements of a variety of facilities, equipment and media
  • have an understanding of satellite broadcast formats and technology
  • have a high level of organisational skills
  • pay close attention to detail
  • be able to multitask
  • be able to work on your own initiative
  • have effective team-working skills
  • have excellent communication skills
  • possess excellent IT skills
  • have knowledge of the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures

What does a Network Operations Assistant do?

Network Operations Assistants are responsible for ensuring that all relevant materials are available, in a suitable format, of transmittable quality, and on deadline for transmission. They are usually full time employees of satellite and cable broadcasters.

They co-ordinate the movements of programme materials in and out of satellite and cable broadcasting organisations. Their role is largely administrative and also involves quality control and troubleshooting. This is a desk-based role, which can be extremely pressurised when working to tight deadlines.

Network Operations Assistants are responsible for acquiring materials from production companies, checking for and resolving any problems, and making materials available for transmission deadlines. They must keep detailed records of all materials received and their condition and format. If there are problems with the materials, they secure replacements from the supplier.

Network Operations Assistants send the transmittable material to Re-Versioning Producers who decide which programme segments are to be transmitted and prepare detailed edit notes. They are then booked for editing and dispatched with the  edit notes. Network Operations Assistants ensure that editing is completed on deadline.

For materials for transmission in other languages, copies of tapes and scripts are sent to Language Facilities Houses.  Files containing subtitles or dubbed audio are returned to the broadcaster for inclusion in the material prior to transmission.

Once final materials are received, Network Operations Assistants input all programme details, including durations and timings of breaks, into the broadcasting database.

There is intense pressure to ensure that all materials are dispatched securely and in suitable condition, with accurate information and instructions, and that deadlines are met.

Will I need a qualification?

You don't need a specific qualification to do this role. General degree-standard or higher-level qualifications may be useful. Any knowledge or experience you have of media production, post production or technical operations would help you, but they're not essential.

What’s the best route in?

You could enter the industry in this role, applying directly for a vacancy at a cable or satellite broadcaster.

Where might the role take me?

You could progress to become a Network Operations Co-ordinator, then a Network Operations Supervisor, and eventually a Network Operations Manager.

Interested? Find out more...

Websites

  • BBC Academy - College of Production - information and advice on the skills required to make engaging TV, including interviews with producers in music, speech, factual and comedy about what it takes to work in TV 
  • BECTU - the UK media and entertainment trade union with information on pay and conditions, training, and access to individual advice on personal and contract issues
  • BKSTS - (the moving image society) organises events, courses and demonstrations of new equipment, and publishes Image Technology

Publications

  • Broadcast - the weekly newspaper for the UK TV and radio industries
  • Televisual - the business magazine for the broadcast and production industry

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