Freelance Podcast Producer Talent Pool

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios is creating a pool of imaginative and creative freelance podcast producers to work across BBC Studios output from a number of different production departments and across a range of genres.

BBC Studios makes more than 150 hours of radio and audio content a year for BBC public service and commercial audio platforms.  Podcasts include Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance, Sorted with the Dyers and Stay Free: The Story of The Clash for Spotify,  Eddie Hearn: No Passion No Point for BBC Radio 5Live, Susan Calman's Mrs Brightside for Acast, Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, Strictly Come Dancing – The Podcast and Inside Inside No 9 (the companion podcast for the TV programme) and The Sink: A Sleep Aid for BBC Sounds and But…Where Are You Really from for BBC Asian Network, with various others under commission or in development. For radio, we produce long-running and much loved titles such as The News Quiz, The Now Show, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just a Minute, alongside newer shows like Sindhustan, Darren Harriot: Black Label, Nature Table, Sarah Keyworth’s Are You a Boy or a Girl? Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar, and Daliso Chaponda's Citizen of Nowhere. Other productions include The BBC Earth podcast showcasing the best of our Natural History work, and a cookery podcast with successful publishing talent, Pinch of Nom.


***In addition to your application, please include a hyperlink to your audio showreel or clips from programmes you have made and add these to your CV.***

Role Responsibility

  • To devise and develop new podcast ideas with writers & performers, executive producers and creative directors at BBC Studios
  • To take on existing podcast commissions with flair & creativity, working collaboratively with senior editorial management of BBC Studios, producing audio content to a high standard
  • To generate additional short form or social media content that will drive audience to podcasts
  • To edit and deliver content to delivery specifications


The Ideal Candidate

  • You will need to be imaginative and creative as an audio content creator and demonstrate that you have good awareness of the podcasting world and production workflows
  • It would be helpful if you could demonstrate awareness of BBC Studios output
  • You will need an excellent track record as an experienced and self-sufficient producer of podcasts and/or radio output, displaying strong programme-making skills
  • You will have at least a basic knowledge in the practicalities recording audio to a high standard and can readily set up and record programmes
  • An ability to build a budget, cost work realistically and project manage
  • A demonstrable knowledge and appreciation of output in your specific specialist genre/s
  • Good awareness of the commercial field of podcasting in the UK and internationally is important. You will be a keen listener to podcasts published by a range of platforms
  • You will need enthusiasm, freshness of thought and a flexible attitude to working across a range of output, styles and tone
  • You should be able to self-edit and a have a good grasp of effective use of sound effects and music
  • You will have an up-to-date understanding of diverse audiences in the widest sense of inclusivity - writers, performers, viewpoints and stories that need to be heard
  • You will have a smart understanding of effective promotion and cross promotion of podcasts and the ability to take the initiative and generate additional short form or social media content that will drive audience to the podcast
  • Experience of sourcing, clearing and making archive programmes is advantageous in the factual area
  • Experience of high profile talent management is key in other areas
  • You may need to provide some technical equipment in order to produce programmes – e.g. Zoom, microphones, editing software and own laptop

Package Description

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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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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