Assistant Commissioner - Radio 1

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Job Introduction


BBC Radio 1 aims to entertain and engage the UK’s young population with a distinctive mix of new music and entertaining content; the brand looks to connect the BBC with the next generation of young audiences and be the leading voice in youth UK culture.

Role Responsibility

This Assistant Commissioner role will specialise in commissioning content across the Radio 1 brand (Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra) on all its platforms (live linear radio, podcasts, music mixes, social, YouTube and iPlayer) based on the film and tv industry for young audiences.

This role will be a part of the Radio 1 Commissioning team and you’ll be working with the production companies that create the content across the current and future scope of the Radio 1 brand by being the main point of contact for the global film and tv industry.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need to have experience of the film and / or TV industry and have a keen interest in understanding the BBC commissioning process. Experience in commissioning or creating youth content is desirable, along with experience of developing digital content. You'll have sound editorial judgment and the ability to be organised in fast-paced environments. Good communication and interpersonal skills with experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information tactfully is essential. You'll have the ability to use your own initiative with confidence, using judgement to escalate where necessary. You will also ideally have a strong understanding of evolving young audience requirements, ensuring that new forms of content are considered as part of the commissioning process.

Please see the appendix at the bottom of the job description for more information.

Package Description

Band:                     D
Contract type:        12 month attachment/fixed term contract
Location:                New Broadcasting House, London

Please note that this is a Band D role.  The salary for this role will be set within the Career Path Framework job pay range for Assistant Commissioners – please contact for more information.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the BBC

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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