(plural: ‘linkmen’; pronunciation: the letter ‘i’ rhymes with the letter ‘i’ in “ink” — ‘link…man’; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)

a linkman with US election results from different states

a linkman with US election results from different states

a man whose job is to introduce all the separate parts of a television or radio broadcast, especially in a sports or election results announcement programme that has different broadcasts coming in from different places;

a person who arranges meetings secretly for different groups of shady businessmen, unscrupulous politicians or out-law militants,

a linkman linking others in an activity

a linkman linking others in an activity


Being a linkman on an election day, Robert felt exhausted by two in the afternoon, and a substitute linkman had to be brought in to replace him and continue announcing the results.

There is a lot of difference between the expression ‘linkman’, as one word, and ‘link man’, as two words — a ‘linkman’, as one word, is a person who collects information from several sources and pass on/broadcast it on to others or on a TV news channel, and the expression ‘link man’, as two words, means ‘linking’ or ‘connecting’ a man to a crime or activity, especially in a criminal case where there is evidence to show connection between a person and the crime.

It is suspected that there are several linkmen in Al-Qaeda and other Islamic militant organisations, who do not involve in criminal activities personally/directly but act as a go-between for several groups within the organisation or different organisations.

For a blog post about a sports channel’s debacle in which we read about the linkman in a news channel, please click here, for an item of news which shows us how we come across this word in our daily news, please click here & please click here. For an article that shows us how hospitals use this word in their combined efforts to save people, please click here.
Linkman/linkboy = (in former times) a man or a boy whose job was to light the dark streets, i.e. make the street bright with his torch for those going home on foot at night. For an article that explains the linkboys of the past, please click here.
Note 1: ‘Linkman’ is also used in computer software terminology. For an article about a ‘Linkman’ program, please click here.

Note 2: ‘Linkman’, always with a capital ‘L’, is often found in the names of people, e.g. Alfred Linkman, Henry Linkman, Susan Linkman, etc. For an article that explains the origin of this word as a surname, please click here.

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