Content Researcher (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need have an exciting opportunity for a Content Researcher to join the team. This is a permanent role and can be based in either London or Salford.

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s Charity. Every year, with the magnificent support of the British public, the Charity raises millions of pounds to help disadvantaged children and young people right across the UK. Planning is well under way for our Appeal Campaign 2021 and we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who can rise to the challenge of working at the centre of a wide-ranging portfolio of broadcasting projects.

Working directly for the Charity’s Content Team, this person will support a team of Content Editors and Producers, playing an important role in helping to generate fundraising and awareness-raising programming right across the BBC, on all platforms.

This person will be required to support a wide range of production teams and departments across the BBC so we are looking for someone with a good understanding of BBC content and audiences in a variety of genres including music radio, TV documentaries, factual entertainment and education.

Role Responsibility

  • To support a team of Content Producers and Editors in delivering a variety of fundraising and awareness raising projects with BBC programmes.
  • To work with BBC production teams across TV, radio and digital platforms, providing practical support to help them deliver Children in Need related content.
  • To carry out research in a variety of areas and to keep detailed and organised logs of any research
  • To source contributors to feature in content, in particular children and young people who are supported by from the organisations that we fund
  • To work at Children in Need events that may be happening throughout the year, and to support in the planning and execution of these events
  • To co-develop ideas for BBC programmes that work well for their audiences and for Children in Need
  • To collaborate with internal Children in Need teams, involving them in Content activity when appropriate and supporting them where possible.
  • To be a professional ambassador for the Charity when having meetings with stakeholders, working at events and visiting organisations funded by Children in Need.
  • To develop a knowledge of the causes and projects we fund. To be able to suggest stories from these projects that would make great content for different BBC programmes.
  • To help deliver Children in Need’s commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in every aspect of the role
  • To understand the social issues facing children and young people in the UK today.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of BBC Editorial Policy guidelines and to be familiar with specific charity guidance. 

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for:

  • Experience as a BBC researcher or production coordinator in either TV, radio or both.
  • Solid research skills with the versatility to turn your hand to a wide range of areas
  • Proven ability to make good editorial judgement calls, especially in relation to sensitive situations.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbally and written

Package Description

Band: B
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London (W1A / W12) or Salford (M50)

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.

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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