Career Spotlight: In the Director’s Chair

What’s it like being a director for one of the biggest news shows in the country? Christian Alicea, director of “NBC Nightly News,” takes us behind the scenes.

Sign up for our newsletter! Right Arrow

“A live television director is like the conductor of an orchestra,” Alicea said. “I take what the editorial team of producers ‘compose,’ and lead a technical team of ‘musicians’ in playing for the audience. Sometimes the sheet music changes right before, or maybe even while you’re on stage. Much more than that, it’s a creative role. Set design, graphics and music development, camera blocking and lighting — everything that you see and hear is what a director is responsible for.”

Watch the video above to step into the control room of “NBC Nightly News”!