Entry Level Researcher Talent Pool

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Job Introduction

Do you watch television? Do you find it inspiring and want to be a part of making similar content?

Would you like to work in an environment that encourages people to be creative and passionate about what they do? 

BBC Studios in Scotland are opening up an opportunity for entry level Researchers to join a talent pool. This opportunity is designed to attract people who haven’t found their way in to the television industry and we therefore encourage applications from those with no previous experience. 

The role of a Television Researcher is all about being resourceful and solving problems. You don’t need a degree or formal qualifications – we don’t mind what your background, current role or situation is - but you do need a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and the resilience to continue striving for the best outcome no matter how many setbacks you face along the way. We’re looking for individuals who have the skills to creatively solve problems and the courage to investigate issues thoroughly.

BBC Studios in Scotland produce a range of factual content for broadcasters across the world. We are looking for people who share our passion for inspiring and educating others. Based at the BBC Scotland building in Glasgow, BBC Studios make a range of factual programmes including short films for the One Show, landmarks like Earth’s Natural Wonders and Operation Iceberg, documentaries exploring subjects such as sleep, weight loss and intelligence, popular series This Farming Life, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Landward, Front Row Late, and profile documentaries about famous artists including Raymond Briggs, Philip Pullman and Tracey Emin,. We are a large, vibrant department and look for people from all backgrounds, age and ability to come and work with us.

The television industry very much works commission by commission. On average we take about 14 weeks to make a programme and production staff are hired for all or part of the project. Therefore, Researcher roles are often short-term, freelance positions to cover peaks in production. Researchers typically move between different production companies and cover a range of different projects. The BBC Studios Talent Pool is an opportunity for us to meet and select a number of candidates who we feel have the right skills, values and attitude to work with us. The successful candidates will form a pool of people that we give priority to when opportunities come up. Appointment to the pool does not in itself guarantee work at BBC Studios. 

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

Programmes are generally made by a Producer/Director, it’s their responsibility to set the style and tone of the film and make sure they tell the story in the best way. The role of the Researcher is to support them and help make it happen. This can involve various tasks from helping to find contributors or experts, to researching subjects and providing notes and suggesting interesting facts for the film.

We are constantly striving to represent a diverse range of people and voices in our programmes which involves speaking to lots of people on the phone, often the whole day will spent calling people and explaining details of the project. You might also be asked to run a campaign where you communicate with people through social media or on the street handing out leaflets.

You might be asked to find locations for filming, often dealing with a limited budget, tough time constraints and pressure to find somewhere new and unusual that we haven’t seen before. Or you might be asked to research a subject and accurately consolidate the information in to bullet point notes.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for people who are inquisitive and enjoy learning about new subjects as well as the world around them. Given the varied nature of the responsibilities of the role, we need a range of people with different skills and characteristics that will enrich what we do. We encourage applications from people with no prior TV experience.


We are looking for people who:

  • Have an interest in the subjects and genres we cover or the type of content we produce
  • Have a positive attitude and enjoy solving problems
  • Are creative and detail focused
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are able to use their own initiative with confidence, using judgement to escalate where necessary
  • Are able to use IT proficiently, including a range of software packages

Package Description

Band: A
Contract type: Various - full time & part time freelance, short-term contracts
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

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.


If you wish to discuss any element of the role or have any adjustment requirements please contact

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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