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Researcher (Development)

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Job Introduction

BBC Current Affairs TV is responsible for a wide range of programmes including Panorama, This World and Our World, along with a wide range of other output on BBC2 and BBC3. The department is a journalistic powerhouse for the kind of original investigative journalism which distinguishes the BBC from all its competitors.

We are seeking a motivated, ambitious, Researcher to join the Current Affairs development team. This role will be based in New Broadcasting House, London but the successful candidate will be required to travel to locations as necessary. Normal office hours will apply however, the nature of the role means that a flexible approach to working time will be necessary

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for researching, finding stories and generating strong journalistic ideas, as well as originating different and imaginative approaches to long form programme making. You will demonstrate an understanding of digital current affairs and generate ideas for bringing a new audience to our journalism. You will build strong working relationships within the development team and collaborate closely with the editorial team and talent.

As part of the BBC Current Affairs Development Team, you will be working on ideas and formats across all BBC Channels and platforms, from the initial idea through to pitch and commission.  You will be responsible for generating, original ideas, researching and taking part in creative sessions.  This will involve juggling a variety of projects at different stages of development. 

The Ideal Candidate

You will be passionate about rigorous journalism, know what makes a good story (and how to find one), and relish the challenge of working on programmes that are demanding and contentious. You will also need a thorough understanding of Editorial Guidelines. You will need to understand the varying demands of different BBC Channels and online platforms and have a background in originating new ideas and formats for prime time television. You will be passionate about all our output, know what makes a good story and relish the challenge of producing creative and ambitious content.

Package Description

Grade 5D

6 Month Attachment / Fixed Term Contract

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.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.

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