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Assistant Producer, Development, TV Current Affairs

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

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. 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 form prime time television.

The role will be based in New Broadcasting House, London but you will be required to travel to locations as necessary. In general normal office hours will apply however, the nature of the role means that a flexible approach to working time will be necessary.

Role Responsibility

An Assistant Producer role will vary according to genre, channel and programme style – but duties may encompass any or all of the following:

  • To work effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched and meets the BBC’s editorial standards.
  • To be involved in researching and setting up filming, including the identification of suitable programme contributors, locations and storylines, working closely at all times to the editorial brief of the Producer. To research people and places in advance of filming and, where appropriate, negotiate access.
  • To prepare effectively for edits and, where necessary, offline edit creatively and efficiently in the available time and within the allotted budget.
  • To proactively embrace new technologies, new ways of working and innovation.
  • To communicate effectively with contributors, the development team and the Creative Director to ensure that all are kept fully informed of developments and requirements at every stage of development.
  • To generate ideas, run brainstorms, write proposals, produce taster tapes and pitch ideas for future series in the department.
  • To carry out all duties in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a familiarity with research techniques and sources for the verification of the accuracy of material. You will have a proven ability to understand complex information and translate that into compelling television. You will have a track record of finding and working with contributors and presenters. You will also have a track record of originating and developing compelling narratives and visuals. You will be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills with experience of creating imaginative film treatments. You will have a track record of initiating and developing creative and original programme ideas and proposals working closely with the Development Team and/or Executive Producers. You will have the ability to assist in the creation of multiplatform content. You will have an understanding of budgets and managing costs effectively. You will also have a clear understanding of the needs and profile of audiences across all BBC channels. A clear understanding of the wider industry, including the latest technologies and innovations. You will have knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team. You will have an ability to persuade and influence others. You will be able to demonstrate planning, organizing and time management skills. You will have the ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities.

Package Description

Grade 7


6 month attachment/fixed term contract

About the Company

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