Media Programming Directors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Media Programming Directors Do

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

Other Job Titles Media Programming Directors May Have

Newscast Director, Production Director, Program Coordinator, Program Director, Program Manager, Programming Director, Station Manager, Television Program Director (TV Program Director)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Senior Community Manager ,


I wake up in the morning in my apartment in Berlin. I roll over to pick up my phone and scroll through the emails that came in overnight; I work for a global company, so part of my team works nine time zones away. Once I've taken care of any urgent matters, I travel to the office by tram. For the rest of the day, I alternate between writing emails and participating in meetings. Every few weeks, I stand in front of my colleagues and share the work we're doing for creators.

Associate Manager, Development - Animated Films ,


I start the day by checking emails that have come in from all the people I work with in different time zones. I then usually review and update my micro and macro schedules, which include when major milestones for my various projects are at (I can have anywhere from 4-8 projects going on at a time), and then start prioritizing the tasks at hand for the day. I usually then spend most of my day gathering materials from producers, and start prepping those materials for national distribution.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
  • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
  • Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.
  • Check completed program logs for accuracy and conformance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and resolve program log inaccuracies.

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