Audio Development Producer (Comedy and Entertainment)

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Job Introduction

Can you develop brilliant new podcasts and radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, BBC Sounds, Spotify, Audible and more? This is the first time we have appointed a dedicated development producer and we are excited to see what contribution this role will make to the team.

This is an opportunity to join an Award-winning audio production team in BBC Studios. We specialise in making comedy, entertainment and comedy drama shows and podcasts. We champion the work of new and emerging talent as well as work with some of the all-time greats.

We make about 150 hours of radio and podcasts a year. For Radio 4 our shows include The News QuizJust a MinuteMark Steel’s In TownSarah Keyworth: Are You a Boy or a GirlDaliso Chaponda’s Citizen of NowhereNature TableEllie Taylor’s Safe Space, Conversations from a Long MarriageDead RingersDarren Harriott: Red Label, Newsjack and many many more. Our podcasts for Spotify include Sorted with the Dyers and Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance Spotify and Jacob Hawley: On DrugsThe SinkEddie Hearn: No Passion No Point, and Inside Inside no. 9 for BBC Sounds.

You will contribute to idea for an annual commissioning round for radio and ad hoc briefs, and you will do some work on Tv versions of audio ideas but primarily we will be looking for you to work on podcast ideas in the comedy and entertainment space.

BBC Studios is a global production company that makes a range of much-loved programmes in Drama, Entertainment, Natural History, Factual and Comedy. Our TV titles include Blue Planet, Strictly Come Dancing, This Country, EastEnders, Inside No.9, Dr Who, Top Gear, Silent Witness and Luther. There is an opportunity to work closely with TV colleagues – after all this is the department that has over the years seen Little Britain, Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop, The League of Gentlemen and Ladhood make the transition from radio to TV!

Role Responsibility

  • You will devise and develop original, innovative and entertaining radio shows and podcasts. 
  • You will be expert in writing pitches to sell the ideas for commissioners and able to create attractive decks.
  • You’ll be an expert in comedy and entertainment talent from the live circuit as well as digital talent from social media, YouTube and the like.  
  • You’ll know the UK comedy scene, and be able to build great relationships with agents, execs and commissioners.
  • You will actively watch live comedy as well as comedy and entertainment online and on TV and radio or podcasts.
  • You are encouraged to immerse yourself in arts and culture and pull in influences and ideas from all directions whether it’s books, trends, reports, talks, academics, newspapers and journals, websites, social media, online discussion threads and other interest groups.
  • You’ll enjoy bouncing off a team – sharing ideas, initiating and contributing to brainstorms and working together to make ideas the best they can be. 
  • You’ll enjoy responding to briefs from commissioners with ambitious but simply expressed ideas. You’ll suggest talent who answer the needs of the commissioning spec. You will be able to generate ideas to deadlines and be on the hunt for those opportunities.
  • You will understand audio production and how to bring ideas to life with a non-visual medium but also have a sense of how a show might have a digital presence to amplify its impact and how it might find an audience.
  • You will think of possible onwards TV development for audio ideas and assist other producers with building out their own ideas.
  • You'll understand how to cost up a show and be keen to learn about IP creation, rights and ownership. You will need to present a topline budget alongside your pitches and have a clear idea on how the show or podcast will be produced.
  • You’ll respond positively to feedback and welcome it and feedback  clearly and respectfully to others.
  • You’ll be able to write script notes and give script reports whether that is a format outline or a sit com. If you don’t have experience working with comedy scripted or narrative it’s still worth applying but be clear about your specialism.
  • You’ll know how important diversity of life experience is and will make nurturing talent from all walks of life a key priority. Our audience is at the heart of everything we do and we want to reflect the make-up of the whole of the UK population whether that be gender, ethnicity, disability, class, sexuality or regionality.

The Ideal Candidate

One of the most important attributes in this role is communication and understanding a brief or requirements. Therefore you should see this job advert in the same light. We expect you to look at the job brief carefully and offer examples of how you will perform against the requirements of the role. We are looking for you to demonstrate solid experience, this is not an entry level role, however we understand some skills can be learnt in the role so be clear and candid on where those gaps are.

You should be passionate about programme making, and have experience of developing new programmes for TV, radio or podcast.  You will have taken ideas from early stages of development all the way through to production. A deep awareness and appreciation of comedy and entertainment is a must-have. Do make sure your application demonstrates your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for this.

You will know what makes a programme work and the underlying structure and function of formats of a wide range of shows and podcasts. 

You’ll know how to prioritise your workload and deliver to a deadline sometimes without much oversight – for example you will be given a brief and tasked to come back with a range of ideas promptly without needing to be chased. 

You’ll have top notch verbal and written communication skills. You will be able to show us that you can write coherent, colourful and compelling pitches that are a pleasure to read and sell the socks off your ideas! So make sure your application does the same. 

You’ll want to develop great new ideas that are representative of the UK population championing talent with a range of backgrounds and life experiences.

We are looking for bags of enthusiasm, the ability to be resilient under pressure and a proactive attitude.

For the right person, this is a dream job and you will have lots of fun.


If you have any questions regarding; the department, role or application process, please email me directly

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 months FTC 
Location: UK remote working - with some travel to the TVC office in London

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with ref BBC/TP/613137/56403 in the subject. We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates

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 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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