MCR Operator

for Associated Press in Washington, DC

Control room, Video Server 
Washington, DC
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The Associated Press is seeking a Master Control Room (MCR) Operator for our Washington DC operations.

Main Duties and responsibilities:

To have a good working knowledge of national and international fiber and satellite networks.

  • To have a good working knowledge of Television principles and practice.
  • To carry out to a high standard routing, switching and co-ordination of various internal and external sources around the building and to the outside world.
  • To service and support the needs and demands of all departments using MCR. To be courteous and polite to people you are dealing with, including internal and external clients.
  • To quality monitor the throughput of video and audio signals and take the necessary steps to ensure optimum results.
  • To understand the AP and APTN global distribution and back-haul network. To enact back-up procedures in case of failure.
  • To record and playback material from the Video server as required and as organised by the ScheduALL Booking system.
  • To be familiar with satellite operations, both up-link and down-links and have a good working knowledge of different types of receiver.
  • To ensure a clean, tidy and safe working environment.
  • To report any faults to the engineering team so they can be resolved. To ensure relevant departments are told of any disruptions or problems so they can work around them.
  • To undertake any other duties as commensurate with the level of the post at the request of the line manager.
  • To be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the company and to attend mandatory updates where required.


  • 5+ years experience in a Broadcast environment.
  • Formal relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential.
  • Motivation to progress and develop with AP Television News.
  • IT literate.
  • Flexible with regard to attitude to work and the requirement to work unsociable hours as required.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be polite and pro-active in your approach.
  • Be able to work under pressure and prioritize workload.
  • To be keen, quick to learn and a team player.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


Alison Quan
Associated Press
450 W. 33rd Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 621-7362