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Business Affairs Assistant / Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Assistant

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Job Introduction

Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Assistant, BBC Radio & Music – permanent contract, based in London W1.

Working as part of a team that provides legal and business affairs support to the BBC’s radio networks (Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), to producers of a very wide and varied range of radio programmes &  podcasts (including radio drama, documentaries and other speech programmes),  music events (e.g. Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Radio 2 in Hyde Park, BBC Proms), and for the BBC’s music television output, as well as BBC’s broadcast coverage of music festivals (e.g. Glastonbury) and literary festivals (e.g. Hay Festival).  Our team is based in Wogan House (the home of Radio 2 Radio 6 Music), just over the road from BBC Broadcasting House where the other radio networks and production staff are based, as well BBC News and BBC Television departments.

Role Responsibility

Business Affairs Assistants are responsible for supporting business affairs activities by administering contracts of engagement (for presenters, actors and musicians, script writers, and other people who take part in programmes), production contracts for independent producers commissioned by the BBC, copyright licences for use of literary works (e.g. books, poetry), and managing fee payments.   Business Affairs Assistants also assist in the clearance of rights for the BBC’s broadcasts and its on-demand services (e.g. BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer), as well as for commercial exploitation of programmes.

Working closely with radio networks and programme makers, Business Affairs Assistants typically deal with agents for performers and presenters, book publishers, independent producers, and record companies.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need to demonstrate that you have excellent administration skills, and are very good at prioritising your work.  Very importantly, you will need show willingness to be helpful and supportive at all times to your BBC colleagues and to the BBC’s business contacts (e.g. agents, publishers, independent production companies), and be able to establish and maintain good relationships with them.

Ideally, you will have some experience of working with contracts, administering invoices and making payments, with accuracy and diligence.  You should show a real interest in classical music and the output of BBC Radio.

Package Description

Band:  B
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:   London

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 BBC

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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