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Commissioner Development Programme - BBC Arts

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Job Introduction

The BBC Commissioner Development Programme is an exciting 6 month training and development opportunity for disabled media professionals and those from a BAME background (black, Asian and minority ethnic).

BBC Arts develops and commissions programmes that connect audiences everywhere with the full range of art and culture in the UK. We are also committed to showcasing new talent, commissioning new art in broadcast form, and working in partnership with UK cultural organisations for the benefit of all.

The BBC Arts commissioning team is looking for someone with a genuine passion for Arts programming and an instinctive feel for storytelling to join their team. The ideal candidate will have current experience in Arts television (non-commissioning) on which to build with this placement. They will have relationships that extend beyond the world of broadcast into the world of arts and cultural more broadly and a proven commitment to supporting new talent and innovation in art forms both on and off screen. 

Role Responsibility

In addition to the general objectives for the Commissioner Development Programme, through a placement in the BBC Arts commissioning team you can expect to:

  • Develop an understanding of how to ensure commissions are based on a sound understanding of cost, quality, delivery date, rights exploitation and funding needs.
  • Develop an understanding of how to engage suppliers of Arts programming in the development process, learning how to spot a good idea and how to work with suppliers to develop it; and then how to pitch it and build on/communicate the feedback.
  • Learn how to give clear briefs to suppliers on what is required for the arts commissioning strategy.
  • Become an Arts enthusiast - deeply engaged with the wealth of arts and culture in the UK and engaged in both the opportunities and challenges of translating it into broadcast.
  • Develop an understanding of talent development programmes and engagement campaigns that work across broadcast but also off-air
  • Develop an understanding of a multi-platform approach to commissioning including digital, particularly short form and social media, and audio.



Are you the right candidate?

The ideal individual for this development programme will have a keen interest in understanding of the commissioning process along with strong programme making experience and sound editorial judgement.

You will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills - able to relay contentious decisions. 

You will also display:

  • Experience in arts programming across a range of broadcasters
  • Senior Producer level experience on returning series
  • Experience of delivering returning series at the highest quality to terrestrial channels
  • Experience in an edit from day one to delivery
  • Ability to demonstrate taking an idea from page to screen

Package Description

Contract type: 6 Month Development Opportunity
Location: London W1A1AA

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, 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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