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Researcher - CBBC/CBeebies' Development

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Job Introduction

As part of the in-house CBBC/CBeebies Development Team, you will be focussed on developing factual comedy entertainment content, from initial idea through pitch to commission. We’re looking for people who love a great format, whether that’s in a studio or out on location. You should love contributor led shows which celebrate people from all backgrounds and have the ability to make you laugh, and cry, within a single episode. CBBC has multiple platforms to work across and our audience are the first generation to embrace all of them, sometimes at once, so the ideas you develop shouldn’t just be for TV.

Role Responsibility

To work as an integral part of the multiplatform Development team by helping to generate and research exciting ideas, developing fun formats and researching landmark content for new and existing factual, comedy and factual entertainment brands that will inspire and entertain our audience

To provide support to the development team by undertaking research into any subject or issue relevant, using all sources of reference, including proper note-taking.

Research may involve finding and contacting individuals and organisations or finding suitable locations

To evaluate research in terms of programme aims and intentions, make preliminary selections and present findings either verbally or in writing.

To work as part of a strong and effective team.

Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.

To set up filming for taster tapes.

To bring existing production skills such as self-shooting and self-editing to enhance programme proposals produced by the team.

To develop fun, robust formats which help prepare the audience for adult life

Help to find new, diverse and relevant on-screen talent for CBBC

While you can expect to be in the office for the majority of your time, this role involves travel to connect with local children or to attend filming locations, as required.

To be involved in all aspects of the development process from conception to delivery of taster/pitch documents

Knowledge of Children’s content and recent in-house and independent production commissions is crucial

To encourage new and innovative ways of thinking and working.

The Ideal Candidate

Experience of writing compelling and passionate programme treatments and creating eye-catching materials that will help to secure commissions

An understanding of the needs and profile of the CBBC audience

Good scripting, structuring and story-telling skills and strong editorial judgement.

Ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities

A good understanding of television production techniques and procedures.

A proven track record in generating ideas for broadcast

Ability to self-shoot, self-edit and produce presentations on PowerPoint or equivalent.

Effective planning and organising skills is essential; specifically the ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising work flow and delivering consistently to deadlines.

Having resilience to knock backs and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities

A good knowledge of the BBC’s Editorial Policy and Health and Safety Guidelines

Ability to deal with complex and sometimes sensitive editorial issues

An acute awareness of the importance and potential of multi-platform production

Knowledge and understanding of the children’s audience and an awareness of CBBC’s competitors

Knowledge of BBC values

Package Description

Role:   Development Researcher

Grade:   5D

Base:    Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Contract duration:   Attachment/Fixed-term: 12 months (attachment allowances applicable for staff in continuing contracts) 

Start date: April 2017

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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