Assistant Producer: Leeds - BBC England

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Job Introduction

BBC England, one of the four BBC Nations, is re-inventing its TV offer for the audience. As part of that creative refresh we will launch a brand-new current affairs series on BBC One and we are recruiting a dynamic, creative and diverse team to help us. 

This new series will transmit in a BBC One prime-time slot and will deliver a fresh approach to peak-time current affairs. It will reflect the lives of our audience from Cumbria to Cornwall, Manchester to Margate. It will tell the big stories that matter, in an accessible, actuality rich, immersive way. 

The team will be based in six regional hubs across England and will be run by an executive team at the series headquarters in Birmingham.

The ambition is for a new series with high production values, popular appeal, warmth, accessibility and investigative journalism - with a clear, contemporary visual style. We will tell compelling stories with a deep understanding of the issues our audience is talking about.

We are seeking individuals with the skills to help us deliver great content, maximise the impact of that content and a commitment to understanding and reflecting the stories and experiences of our diverse audience in England. This is an opportunity to launch a bold and ground-breaking new programme, delivering 120 films a year for BBC One from six locations across England. The series is reputationally critical to BBC One and BBC England and we are recruiting a team to deliver on that challenge.

Role Responsibility

In this role, you will assist the Producer and Executive Producer in the development, management and creation of distinctive 30min films. You will be expected to support different stages of the production process, using a variety of specialist production skills (e.g. finding contributors and locations, contributing to scripts and schedules, supporting edits and managing shoots).

You will identify stories and generate strong journalistic ideas by undertaking detailed research and fact checking.  You will be required to film and edit material.

You will ensure our content is of a first-class standard – in keeping with audience needs and expectations. You will also ensure we comply with the BBC’s editorial and legal standards, and that BBC Health and Safety policies are observed.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with a record of achievement in TV content creation with proven experience developing factual and/or current affairs long-form programming. 

You should have specialist production skills and the proven ability to shoot (to broadcast standard) and edit (to rough cut standard) along with experience of negotiating access to contributors, institutions and talent. 

As a creative self-starter with experience of making content independently, you will know how to take an innovative and imaginative approach to developing and delivering outstanding, original  content; sometimes taking complex information and translating this into compelling television. You will be passionate about rigorous journalism and know what makes a good story (and how to find one).

You should have the initiative, tenacity and ability to see how your work fits in with the wider needs of the team whilst supporting the creative ideas of others and have the people skills to successfully support producers/executive producers and junior members of the team through various stages of the production process.

We have a commitment to making a better culture at the BBC and will be looking for individuals to demonstrate how they identify with the BBC employee commitments and values.

You will have up-to-date knowledge of the BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations, and use this to shape creative and engaging output.  Evidence of strong editorial judgement and a thorough knowledge of editorial policy and legal guidelines should also be demonstrated.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Permanent

Location: Leeds

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.​

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, sexuality, social 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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