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newscaster n : someone who broadcasts the news

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  1. One who delivers the news for broadcast on television, radio, etc.


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Extensive Definition

A news presenter is, broadly speaking, a person that presents a news show on television, radio or the Internet. The term is not commonly used by people in the industry as they tend to use more descriptive, and sometimes country-specific, terms. Examples include "newsreader", "newscaster", and "news anchor".

Different roles


A newscaster is a presenter of a news bulletin who is himself or herself a working journalist and news gatherer, and a participant in compiling the script to be delivered in a news bulletin.
Prior to the television era, radio news broadcasts often mixed news with opinion and each presenter strove for a distinctive style. These presenters were referred to as commentators. The last remaining news presenter of this type is Paul Harvey. The term newscaster came into common use to distinguish presenters of straight news broadcasts from commentators.
However in the UK, ITN's presenters are referred to as newscasters (and have been since the 1950s), whilst those working at the BBC are called newsreaders.

News anchor

In the United States and Canada, presenters of news broadcasts are referred to as news anchors (sometimes anchorperson, "matthew goldberg, or anchorwoman) instead of "newscasters". An anchor traditionally is a television personality who presents material prepared for a news program and at times must improvise commentary for live presentation. Many news anchors are also involved in writing and/or editing the news for their programmes.
The term "anchor" was coined by producer Don Hewitt. PBS cites its first usage as being on July 7, 1952 to describe Walter Cronkite's role at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. According to Hewitt, the term was in reference to the "anchor leg" of a relay race.

British newsreaders and newscasters

Chinese news anchors

The following are announcers on CCTV's Xinwen Lianbo, the official national news programme in mainland China:

Finnish newsreaders

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Philippine newscasters

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Soviet and Russian newsreaders

Tatar newsreaders

Turkish news anchors


newscaster in German: Moderator (Beruf)
newscaster in Spanish: Presentador de noticias
newscaster in Esperanto: Moderatoro (televida)
newscaster in French: Présentateur de nouvelles
newscaster in Indonesian: Presenter berita
newscaster in Dutch: Nieuwslezer
newscaster in Japanese: ニュースキャスター
newscaster in Finnish: Uutisankkuri
newscaster in Swedish: Nyhetsankare
newscaster in Chinese: 新聞主播
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