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Journalism Researcher, BBC Parliament

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

Role Responsibility

In this role you will prepare programmes for transmission, providing programme durations and editing packages. Take responsibility for researching future sessions in Parliament and writing captions for future coverage.

Also you'll undertake detailed monitoring of questions, statements and debates to edit these repeats as highlights. This means making judgements on key moments during the day across a variety of chambers and coverage, as both the Commons and the Lords often sit until late at night this means they must be prepared to work flexible hours and shifts.

You'll work with producers, researchers and operators as part of a team that produces the channel output and are expected to come up with ideas for programming and to help out in the production of short political films, including writing scripts, briefing notes for interviews and dealing with guests for live and recorded programmes.

Finally you'll have the opportunity to work on weekly studio programmes such as The Week in Parliament and BOOKtalk.

Are you the right candidate?

You'll require an understanding in detail of how the UK parliament works e.g. knowledge of parliamentary procedure including Bill passing and Select Committees along with a familiarity with the work of the European Parliament and the parliament and assemblies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Awareness of current affairs and news events is needed and an experience of a television or radio newsroom would be very useful along with a strong interest in parliamentary politics.

You'll also need the ability to spot the news stories that come out of Parliament along with the ability to write caption information quickly and accurately and be able to act as a final check on captions before they are put to air.

Finally as a successful applicant you should have media and IT skills to a high level with practical experience in video and audio. This means an experience of using editing packages in order to perform basic picture editing functions along with experience of CPS (Content Production System), Jupiter and Q-Edit is desirable.

For further information on the role, please contact: Daniel Brittain-Catlin.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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

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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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