A presenter, or host (sometimes hostess, in feminine form), is a person or organization responsible for running an event. A museum or university, for example, may be the presenter or host of an exhibit. Likewise, a master of ceremonies (also MC, emcee or host) is a person that hosts or presents a show. [cite web| url=| title=Public Speaking Glossary: Glossary K - O|] In films, a presenter (but not a host) is a usually well-known executive producer credited with introducing a film or filmmaker to a larger audience.

Television presenters

A television presenter is a British term (American: host) for a person who introduces or hosts television programmes. Nowadays it is common for minor celebrities in other fields to take on this role, but there are also a number of people who have made their name solely within the field of presenting, particularly within children's television.

Some presenters may double as an actor, model, singer, comedian etc. Others may be subject matter experts, such as scientists or politicians, serving as presenters for a programme about their field of expertise. Some are celebrities who have made their name in one area, then leverage their fame to get involved in other areas. Examples of this latter group include British comedian Michael Palin who now presents programmes about travel (such as ""), and Alan Alda, who has presented "Scientific American Frontiers" for over a decade.

The term is also used in other countries, such as Ireland. In the USA, such a person is typically called a host or an emcee (from MC: Master of Ceremonies).

A news presenter (American: anchor) is the host of a newscast.

Radio presenter

Broadly speaking Radio presenter is the same as a Television Presenter except that they present radio programs instead of television programmes.


A co-host is someone who is not formally recognized as the host of the show, but -hosts a show, to add to its content or appeal. A co-host may be used for extra commentary, for interviewing purposes, or to fill in a gap that a regular host has left.

ee also

* List of talk show hosts
* List of television presenters
* Narrator


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