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Live Political Programmes Journalist (BBC News Talent Pool - Freelance PAYE)

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

Job Introduction

The Live Political Programmes team produces television, radio and digital content across a range of platforms. The department’s programmes include the Andrew Marr Show, Politics Live, Westminster Hour, The Week in Westminster, Political Thinking and Newswatch. The team also produces special programmes covering the Budget, party conferences, elections and other major political events as well as political radio documentaries and social media content. Successful candidates may be asked to work on any area of the department’s output. Millbank is the hub of the BBC's political coverage and home to the political newsgathering team, live political programmes and the BBC Parliament channel amongst others.

Role Responsibility

We're creating a talent pool of producers and researchers on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us at peak times in the political year, particularly during the party conference season, the Budget, elections and referendums. You’ll work effectively as part of the team within Live Political Programmes as directed on a variety of duties i.e. producing digitals videos for social media, fixing interviews for programmes, writing briefs for presenters and other programme production work.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have a keen interest in British politics and enjoy researching policy and political issues. You will have a good understanding of social media and the kinds of issues which are likely to engage younger people. You will be enthusiastic about working in a busy newsroom and developing TV production skills including film-making. Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities. We are therefore actively seeking individuals with skills/experience/backgrounds that can help contribute to ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.

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.

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 BBC

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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