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BBC Studios - Forward Planning Researcher, Countryfile

Job Introduction

Countryfile is looking for an experienced forward planning researcher to join the team in Bristol.

This is an exciting opportunity to come up with creative ideas and ferret out stories which hit the four Countryfile cornerstones of farming, environment, wildlife and heritage. As long as we reflect the countryside, stories can range crafts and arts to literature and music. We’re looking for the surprising, unexpected and intriguing in a landscape we all think we might know so well.

Working with and to the series editor, series producer and location producers, you'll play a crucial role in shaping the main strand of the programme.

 

Role Responsibility

This is an exciting opportunity to drive the creative ambition of the UK’s top-rating year-round, factual programme. You'll have a strategic role in helping influence the future direction of the brand. You'll be expected to work across the programme, anticipating the stand-out events and unmissable moments that make Countryfile distinctive. You’ll also be required to build relationships with the key national players who dictate the rural agenda.  

This is primarily an office-based position but you may be required to work on location. A passion for and a thorough knowledge of the countryside agenda are essential. 

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience of initiating and delivering creative, ambitious and original programme ideas.
  • A clear understanding of the countryside agenda and the Countryfile audience.
  • Knowledge of the main organisations and key players who shape the UK’s rural agenda - and an ability to engage with them effectively on behalf of the BBC.
  • Ability to generate ideas, write proposals and pitch ideas.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team. 
  • Ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Planning, organising and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Freelance
Location: BBC Bristol

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