Assistant Content Producer

Job Introduction

Know people? Love listening to and telling stories? Savvy about social media? Can you do it all in Irish? Then come join our BBC Gaeilge team. BBC Northern Ireland's Irish language department, BBC Gaeilge broadcasts around 250 hours of original live and pre-recorded radio content across the year in the evening schedule on BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle. This output is produced by the four-person in-house production team, of which you would be a key member. The flagship radio series, Blas is broadcast live Monday to Thursday at 7pm, Blas Ceoil is broadcast live on Friday evenings at 9.30pm, and Caschlár is live on Saturday evenings from 7-9pm.

We’re a multi-media team, commissioning and producing content for our BBC Gaeilge services on Radio, Digital and Television. This includes new digital assets for language learners, for post-primary exam students, and multi-genre content including vlogs and shortform features. We also commission and broadcast up to 25 hours of originated TV programming produced by the local independent production sector.

We value the benefit diversity and inclusion brings and we welcome information on any reasonable adjustment we can make to ensure you can fully participate. For example, this may be extra time for a meeting or interview, information in different format or a venue which has wheelchair access. Please contact the resourcing team and one of our recruiters will be in touch to discuss how we can help.  

Role Responsibility

The aim of the job is to assist the Content Producer in the production of radio programmes in their designated slots in the live schedule. An integral part of the role is to contribute to the development and maintenance of the associated digital platforms. Working as part of a wider multi-media team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of Irish language output across radio, online and other digital platforms based on a clear understanding of the needs of audiences and commissioners.

As an Assistant Content Producer,  you must be a team player who has a passion for engaging and informing the local audience, coming up with solid programme and story ideas.

You will help the producers set up the programmes by coming up with ideas, researching stories, finding suitable contributors, recording and editing interviews, recording and editing audio and visual content for programme websites and social media platforms, and undertaking administrative duties. You will provide support for live programmes, so you will be expected to coordinate the arrival of guests, process audience correspondence, and make on-air contributions in the form of pre-recorded vox pops or packages, or live reports. You will work across various types of programmes (for example documentaries, factual series and music programming) and your working hours will vary so you will have a flexible approach to working.

The Ideal Candidate

The applicant must have fluency in written and spoken Irish. 

To be successful in this role you will have strong journalistic skills and be comfortable applying lateral thinking to storytelling. You will help to produce consistently creative content whilst working to tight deadlines and under pressure. You will also be a confident user of  social media and appreciate the opportunities to exploit social media for the department, individual programmes and presenters.
You will have an enviable book of contacts and/or be comfortable creating and harnassing this. We want someone who is interested in and enthusiastic about life being lived through Irish, and how the voices of this community can be heard and their stories told with a keen interest in music, sport, arts, topical debate....all kinds of everything. Sometimes our work schedules need to change with little notice to address live output so we need you to be able to work flexibly.

Technically you should have experience using and entering data into systems accurately and experience working on live radio and digital output would be advantageous.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12-month Fixed Term Contract
Location: Belfast
Working pattern: Agile (home and office)
Interviews: We anticipate the interviews taking place on 13 December 2021.

For roles which are open to flexible working arrangements, should you be successful, we can discuss different options.  For more details on the BBC Flexible Working Policy visit   

  • 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 BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services while the coronavirus is still an issue. Until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to 

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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.

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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