Investigations Director, Countryfile - BBC Studios

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

Job Introduction

Countryfile, regularly the most watched factual programme on any channel, is one of the BBC's most successful brands, with an average audience of around 6 million. This is an exciting opportunity to work on the investigative, current affairs stories at the heart of the programme.

Ideally, you’ll be a journalist with a passion for getting to the heart of a story and an interest in rural affairs and the environment. You’ll have experience of digging out those stories that matter and finding exclusive top-lines to bring fresh insight to the subject matter.

We are looking for talented directors with a proven track record of directing presenter-led films with high profile talent and following them through to the edit.

Role Responsibility

  • You’ll need to be an experienced storyteller who can bring creativity and outstanding visuals to stories while operating in a fast-turnaround environment.
  • We are looking for strong script writers who are confident about directing – and ideally self-shooting - on location and taking films through to the edit.
  • You need to have proven experience of working in a factual environment and handling robust journalistic output.
  • Working to the investigations producer, you will be managing the team on location as well as overseeing the researchers in setting up some of the 40+ investigations we produce a year. In return you’ll get to put your own creative stamp on great stories, clock up a wide range of experience and see a project through from start to finish in the offline edit.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong journalistic skills.
  • Experience of delivering popular, hard-hitting current affairs.
  • A good understanding of media law.
  • A clear understanding of the countryside agenda and the Countryfile audience.
  • Knowledge of the main organisations and key players who shape the UK’s rural agenda - and an ability to engage with them effectively on behalf of the BBC.
  • Exceptional communication skills for dealing with contributors and the ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Proven ability to understand complex information and translate it into compelling TV.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Organisation skills for scheduling shoots etc.
  • Proven knowledge of the BBC's editorial guidelines and H&S policy.
  • Resilience, sensitivity in dealing with contributors and an ability to juggle a number of stories at any one time are also essential.   


Details on how to Apply (Do not apply through Careers Hub)


Please send CV's and cover letter to by end of play Friday, April 16th.

Regrettably, we are only able to contact those whose applications we would like to progress further.

Package Description

Contract type: Freelance 
Location: Working remotely, while Covid restrictions apply, and on location. 

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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