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Q1 Work Experience Opportunities in London within Radio

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Radio. If you are interested in Radio Production, Factual & Entertainment, and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you have come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for all the BBC's national radio networks and for the production of most of the classical and popular music across them including Radio 1, 1Xtra,  and Asian Network

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. Our aim is for you to get an introduction to how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.

The Ideal Candidate

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In Radio we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

We work at a fast pace, so you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

We take our jobs seriously and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Radio and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.

Background/ Experience

You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.

We have placements available in the following areas:

Factual Central Planning – Radio & Music (over 18)

You will gain an overview of and experience in the Central Planning Unit research team who generate daily and weekly network radio output. You will assist with some paperwork and undertake some research for programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends; you will also act as an occasional runner to meet and greet guests. Knowledge, awareness and most of all enjoyment of R4’s daytime output will be a real advantage.

Asian Network (open to applicants 16 and over)

Asian Network is one of the BBCs digital stations. Home to presenters/DJs such as Noreen Khan and Punjabi Hit Squad. This placement will provide a week-long insight into Asian Network production. You will have a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms and attend key Asian Network meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about radio. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential; ideas and passion are! We get lots of applications so try to make yours stand out, we love to hear from people with a lot of different interests and who are building up their experience in different ways.

Radio 1 (open to applicants 16 and over)

BBC Radio 1 is the UK’s biggest youth radio station, home to presenters such as Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James and specialist genres such as dance and rock. It’s an opportunity to get a week-long overview of Radio 1. Depending on what you are interested in, that could include radio programmes, social media, marketing or Radio 1 iplayer. You will have a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms and to attend key Radio 1 meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about music and our shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential; ideas and passion are! We get lots of applications so try to make yours stand out, we love to hear from people with a lot of different interests and who are building their experience up in different ways.

Radio 1Xtra (open to applicants 16 and over)

Radio 1Xtra is the BBC’s digital youth radio station, specialising in Hip Hop, Grime, R&B and Afrobeats and home to DJs such as Charlie Sloth, Mistajam and A.Dot. This placement will provide a week-long overview of Radio 1Xtra. Depending on what you are interested in, this can include time with on air programmes, online, marketing and visualisation. You will have a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms and to attend key Radio 1Xtra meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about Radio 1Xtra’s music and shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential; ideas and passion are! We get lots of applications so try to make yours stand out, we love to hear from people with a lot of different interests and who are building up their experience in different ways.

Radio 2 Production - Jeremy Vine (Wogan House – over 18)

On this placement you’ll gain work experience on the BBC’s second biggest current affairs show, with an audience of over seven million. You will get the chance to witness the whole process of putting the programme together: from the morning meeting where ideas are suggested and stories are decided, right through to watching it all go out live from the studio. You’ll gain valuable experience of how to produce a show that combines first class news coverage with exciting, engaging content that brings current affairs alive for a Radio 2 audience. You’ll have the chance to learn Producers and Assistant Producers produce briefs, provide background research and find guests to appear on air.

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

Package Description

  • Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout January, February and March

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