Broadcasting and audio-visual technicians control technical functioning of equipment to record and edit images and sound and for transmitting radio and television broadcasts of images and sounds, as well as other types of telecommunication signals on land, sea or in aircraft (ILO, 2018).

RISK PROBABILITY BASED ON THE SEMINAL FREY AND OSBORNE STUDY

PROFESSIONAL GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Telecommunications and Broadcasting Technicians
Telecommunications and broadcasting technicians control technical functioning of equipment to record and edit images and sound and for transmitting radio and television broadcasts of images and sounds, as well as other types of telecommunication signals on land, sea or in aircraft; perform technical tasks connected with telecommunications engineering research and with the design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of telecommunications systems (ILO, 2018).

  • Telecommunications Engineering Technicians
  • Audio-visual operator
  • Broadcasting equipment operator
  • Broadcasting technician
  • Camera operator
  • Production assistant

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Automation and digital tools are already widely used in this job area.  Human radio and television broadcasters are already being replaced by automated tools and processes.

For example, there is a whole sector of this industry related to sport broadcast AI where an AI will follow up to 18 tennis matches and be able to suggest which is the more interesting one to be broadcasted (IT Pro Portal, 2018) (The Washington Post, 2015). A second facet in this realm of broadcasting is its application in for closed captioning, where the AI (in this case IBMs Watson), learns and provide captions based on what the presenter is saying (IBM Cloud Video, 2017).

With so much visual data to be processed, AI is ideally suited to become an automatic content index and archiving based on a number of variables that predict relevance to current stories (NewscastStudio, 2018).

This process is even able to create tailor made content automate like BBCs object based media where the AI produces individualized news based on data gathered from viewer (time, device, interests etc.) (IT Pro Portal, 2018).These technologies can be used at a broadcast network, radio station or a television station and it can run or broadcast a programme in the absence of a human operator.

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Case example 1

Broadcast software and technologies can be used to schedule programmes. Scheduling was an important advance of these systems, allowing for exact timing and it paves the way for further automation in the future.

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With a broadcasting software, almost everyone is able to broadcast their own channels. Thus, the work of professional broadcasters is now endangered also by the ability of wide public to stream their own videos and shows. One example is Vimeo Live which also offers a big support to its users and several options like Ad-free HD videos streaming, Simultaneous events, In-depth stats, Auto archiving or marketing.

Case example 3

The use of automation software and voice tracks to replace live DJs is a current trend in radio broadcasting, done by many Internet radio stations, where there may be no radio personality on the air at all. This has the potential to be rolled out across all broadcasting media, including television. As well as replacing the ‘personalities’ on screen, with further automation in this field it will mean that technicians and background staff support the broadcasting industry will also be made redundant.
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