Senior Sound Operator - Technology & Network Operations (Production)

Technology & Network Operations Division Doha, Qatar


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network


The Senior Operator ‐ Sound is responsible for all studio sound production either in live rolling news, live or pre‐recorded current affairs/features programs or on Outside Broadcasts.

They will sound‐mix programs, line up incoming feeds and make sure it is of broadcast quality. They are responsible to the Sound Supervisor for managing and operating the equipment in the Audio Control Room and for ensuring accuracy whilst maintaining the highest technical quality at all times. This involves pro‐actively providing solutions in situations where the planned solution has to change to achieve the programme requirements.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • To operate the sound equipment in the Audio Control Room and ancillary equipment
  • Do technical test to check the audio equipment in Audio Control Room and on set
  • Mix all live or pre‐recorded programs/shows to broadcast standard
  • Operate the Comm.’s station to ensure a smooth live crossing with correspondent or guest and Phono interviews
  • Set up Microphones and IFB comm.’s for use by presenters and guest
  • Oversee the proper use of the talkback unit, being used by the floor managers and studio camera crew
  • Advise and assist the floor managers when fitting microphones and IFB comm.’s to presenters and guest
  • Operate field sound equipment when on location shoot
  • Operate fly away audio kit on Outside Broadcast deployment
  • Make sure audio is of broadcast quality in output
  • Troubleshoot the sound equipment if necessary while on air ensuring all live news and programs run smoothly
  • Communicate effectively with technical director and crew regarding show requirements
  • Ensure utmost quality of work conducted by Sound Operators
  • Assist and guide Sound Operators as necessary
  • Liaise with the Head of Sound and Sound Supervisors on the day‐to‐day running and organizing of the sound section
  • Ensure audio conforms to international broadcast standard
  • Report back on equipment failure or any other related issues
  • Executing reasonable instructions from the Head of Sound or any designated representative
Job Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Media and Journalism, Communications, Broadcast Operations, Sound Production, or related field Diploma.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a TV audio related position of which three years should be in a broadcast news environment
  • Communicate fluently in Arabic/English


  • Audio principals
  • Broadcast and digital environment
  • Role players and language of television
  • Production
  • Work flow
  • Microphones
  • Mixing Desk
  • Cables
  • Communications system
  • Various sources
  • Live Crossings
  • Hybrids