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What is an MCR Operator?

MCR stands for Master Control Room, the technical hub of a broadcast operation, where the signals from both audio and video pass through prior to transmission.  An MCR Operator works within the MCR on equipment which might typically include video monitors, satellite receivers, video tape machines and transmission equipment.  They check the quality of content, ensuring the transmission meets government regulations and respond to any technical issues from other areas of the operation.  Regulations include content ones (such as station ID, indecency, watershed rules etc.) and technical regulations (including those against over-modulation and “dead air”).

Skills required:
  • Strong computer skills in Windows OS
  • An interest in technology and engineering
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure


More about the job

You may be required to work flexible hours and starting salaries range from £18,000 – £28,000*.  Shift-based roles are common, and will probably include evenings and weekends.

Typical career progression would be into a Transmission Assistant / Transmission Controller type role.

*all salaries quoted should be used as rough guides only