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Freelance Producers, BBC Breakfast - News Output & Commissioning (Talent Pool)

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Job Introduction

BBC Breakfast is expanding its talent pool of freelance producers who we can contact to work with us at peak times on the UK's most successful breakfast TV show.

We are looking for people who have the news experience and creativity to help us continue to deliver award-winning content.

We are offering successful applicants some training and on-the-job experience, so they can be available to accept freelance shifts as part of the Breakfast production team.

This is a brilliant opportunity for established journalists to work on one of the BBC's biggest programmes.

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for freelancers who can work on TV production and output.

Breakfast is on air seven days a week and operates on a 24 hour rota, so day and night working are part of the job.

You’d have the opportunity to be part of the team preparing and outputting daily editions of the programme.

On day shifts you will generate story ideas, research and find guests and work on production treatments. On night shifts, you will respond to breaking news, prepare and check items for broadcast, write scripts and oversee package editing.

We expect high quality writing skills and the highest standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing in accordance with the BBC's Editorial values.

You must be willing and available to work 12-hour shifts. This role will be based at the BBC’s MediaCityUK studios in Salford, it is not possible to work remotely from another location.

The Ideal Candidate

If you want to put your journalism skills and experience to the best possible use, learn new ones and have fun on Britain's best television breakfast show then this is for you.

You will already be an established journalist and ideally you will have worked for a news outlet in a live TV environment.

If, however, you are a professional journalist working in print or digital media with plenty of ideas for stories and visual storytelling, then we also want to hear from you.

BBC Breakfast producers get to work on a wide range of stories so you must be as skilled in researching, briefing and scripting around an interview with a cabinet minister, as you are for one with a film star.

You will be familiar with BBC Breakfast and be able to shape stories to our style.

You will need to demonstrate strong news judgement and good writing skills.

You will be creative and have the initiative and drive to turn great ideas into impactful TV news.

A knowledge of TV production techniques, including editing and graphics -  or the willingness to learn them - are essential.

 

Package Description

All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance PAYE basis.

Appointment to the Talent Pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.  However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

Applicants who demonstrate the relevant skills/experience will be invited to a two stage process and will potentially have the opportunity to meet other members of the team. If successful they will then be added to the pool which is likely to result in freelance work.

Any freelance work offered will be carried out at Media City, Salford.  

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

Any work offered with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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