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Cricket Producer - Content, BBC Sport

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Cricket is the nation’s favourite summer sport.  England men’s dramatic victory in this year’s Cricket World Cup (and the women’s triumph in 2018) thrust the game back into the national spotlight creating headlines on both the back and front pages.

The current Ashes series’ continues to stoke the interest of cricket fans across the country and only football is a more popular sport among The BBC’s online users and radio listeners.

From May 2020 the BBC will build on its long-standing radio and digital coverage of the sport, by becoming the free-to-air TV home of English Cricket. The package of rights acquired by the BBC will allow us to offer the audience comprehensive coverage including Live radio commentary of all International and Domestic cricket competitions, bespoke radio programmes and podcasts; digital clips and highlights of all International matches; plus BBC TV will broadcast almost 80 hours of cricket each summer; including highlights of all home Test matches and one day internationals, live coverage of England T20 matches, live women’s cricket and the ground-breaking new competition called The Hundred.


The BBC has three simple objectives for its cross-platform coverage of the sport:

  • To maximise the reach and impact of cricket
  • To take the sport to new audiences
  • To encourage more people to pick up a bat and ball

With a stated ambition to reinvent coverage of cricket, we are looking to appoint a Producer who will work across all of our output and help deliver a continuity of approach and editorial direction for our TV Highlights, bespoke programming and podcasts. 

In particular the Producer will help create content that will showcase the stories and characters from within the world of cricket and analyse the key moments across the sport in an innovative way that will delight passionate cricket fans across the country.   

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

The Producer will work alongside The Cricket Lead Executive, TMS Lead, TV Output Editor and independent production partner (TV Highlights) to plan our cricket coverage across the year and across platforms.

They will work closely with the On Air talent team across the year and in particular during the summer months to deliver the TV Highlights; working to the Independent Production Output Editor.   The Producer will work the Creative Producer and Cricket Digital Lead to create features that will make an impact with a diverse audience and promote cricket awareness ahead of our Linear output.

During the Winter Season the Producer will work with the TMS Lead to devise a content plan, produced from Salford, which will support teams on location following the Winter Tours.  This would include the production of live radio programmes, podcasts and digital content.

Content will be required to feed into and enhance Live Text Commentaries for BBC Sport and into 5 Live programmes.

Are you the right candidate?

You should have a real passion, knowledge and understanding of cricket and have proven experience of working at high-profile events on live programming.

You will have experience of producing cricket content that analyses key events that influence the game and have a contact book that will give us access to the best cricket talent across the world.

You will have experience of dealing with high-profile presenters and pundits in a live programme environment.

You will build strong relationships with across a range of production units including the Independent Production Company, the Live Text and Digital teams and across Radio & TV Sport.

You should have the ambition to create and drive the content and tone of our programmes that equally delight and deliver something new to the passionate cricket fan but also be accessible and able to attract new audiences to our cricket coverage.

You will be adaptable and flexible and able to work across the BBC Sport portfolio

Package Description

Contract type:1 x continuing 
Location: Mediacity

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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