Average age: late twenties
Perks: Meal allowance for working away from base; pounds 6 for lunch.
Hours: BBC - basic working week of 40 hours up to a maximum of 60 hours. Recent record was a 32-hour day for coverage of the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
ITV - hours vary between companies. ITN technicians work 208 shifts per year with an average 12-hour shift.
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