Playout Programme Planner, BBC Global News

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Job Introduction

Reporting to a Head of Planning and Scheduling (or equivalent), this role is responsible for coordinating and managing one or more of the BBC television channels. They are responsible for ensuring that all planning aspects of the schedule have been editorially and operationally approved.

Role Responsibility

  • To ensure smooth running of the playout planning process for their respective channel and  on own initiative  recommend and develop new processes as required. To act on all reports of playout planning issues with transmitted schedules, to examine causes and to progress solutions with business areas and the channel. 

  • To liaise with the Head of Planning and Scheduling (or equivalent) about issues affecting the overall service provided by playout planning. 

  • To liaise with other business areas to resolve issues and ensure playout planning delivers and accurate and transmission ready schedule.
  • To supervise and effectively coordinate the work of the Playout Planning Coordinators and Playout Planning Assistants. 
  • To allocate and track resources as necessary to fulfill daily tasks and commitments and resolve any short-term operational service short-fall. 

  • To be aware of editorial issues that may affect the channels schedule and alert the Head of Planning and Scheduling to these issues when they occur. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience of managing, supervising and coordinating the work of others.
  • An understanding of the structure of transmission schedules, the significance of programme detail, junction points, commercial breaks, opt-out points and the requirements of associated systems.
  • Experience of developing new working practices in an collaborative co-operative environment.
  • Has or able to quickly develop a thorough understanding of the role of the department, its objectives and relationships with other divisions and with key external stakeholders in the independent sector.
  • Significant experience in an administrative capacity, ideally gained in a broadcast/media environment of comparable size and complexity.
  • Good working knowledge of the commissioning, planning and scheduling processes.

Package Description

Band: C
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 (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 situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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.

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