Journalism Researcher

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

Job Introduction

BBC News NI is looking for a number of Researchers to work across our TV, Radio and Digital platforms. 

As a Researcher you will work across a number of programmes, including BBC Newsline, Good Morning Ulster, Evening Extra and Talkback. You will also have the opportunity to work across our digital news platform. 

The Researcher will contribute to output by providing editorial, production and logistical support.

Our Researcher roles are an excellent opportunity for those who wish to pursue a career in Journalism to support our multi-platform team and get a true understanding of Journalism at the BBC.

We value the benefit diversity and inclusion brings and we welcome information on any reasonable adjustment we can make to ensure you can fully participate. For example, this may be extra time for a meeting or interview, information in different format or a venue which has wheelchair access. Please contact the resourcing team and one of our recruiters will be in touch to discuss how we can help. 

Role Responsibility

The responsibilities below will be dependent on the area you are working in:

  • To assist in the planning, production and maintenance of content on a variety of platforms
  • To research accurately when producing original content in keeping with editorial brief, using a wide range of sources and reference material in-keeping with audience needs and expectations
  • Suggest, develop and research appropriate ideas and present these to the producer/line manager for feedback and review.
  • Sourcing and clearing material for broadcasting and publishing.
  • To liaise with contributors, experts and talent, where required. 
  • Gathering audio and editing for broadcast
  • Responsible for live TV Gallery production and for radio production and studio play out having a familiarity with the appropriate technical operations of our studios

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you must have and evidence in your application:

  • Evidence of bringing in original ideas and stories and demonstrating good editorial judgement
  • A thorough knowledge and passion for current affairs in Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and internationally.
  • Understanding of our radio, TV and digital news platforms.
  • Knowledge of audience needs and understanding of commitment to diversity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues and contributors.                                                                                               
  • Resilience and stamina to sustain performance when under pressure from a high volume of work and conflicting priorities. 

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 3 x permanent (1 fulltime; 1x 17.5 hours and 1 x 7 hours per week); 2 x 4-6 month FTC (1 fulltime and 1x 7 hours per week)
Location: Belfast

If this role is open to flexible working arrangements and should you be successful in a role with us, we could discuss different options.  For more details visit 

  • 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 BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services while the coronavirus is still an issue. Until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to 

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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