Producer, World Service Factual, BBC Audio

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

Job Introduction

BBC Audio  produces programmes and podcasts for Radio 1, 1Xtra, Asian Network, Radio 2, 6 Music, Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service. BBC Audio has over 650 staff in bases in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Salford.

In London it is organised into units; Factual Production (which makes daily programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Outlook, weekly programmes for Radio 4 including In Our Time, Desert Island Discs, The Media Show and Saturday Live,  Free Thinking for Radio 3 and Science output including 13 Minutes to the Moon and The Life Scientific) and Arts, Documentaries and Drama (which makes programmes such as Front Row, The Cultural Frontline and The Arts Hour as well as documentaries and Drama productions for Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service).

Role Responsibility

“I have fallen in love with The Forum on the World Service…like watching waterfalls; spectacular, slightly scary, utterly exhilarating. In short, very World Service.” (Gillian Reynolds, Sunday Times)

Each week The Forum brings together leading experts from around the world to share with us their knowledge – demystifying the key concepts and people in history, science, culture and ideas.

The Forum has turned its lens on a variety of subjects from ‘the Bard of Bengal’ Rabindranath Tagore and the forgotten French revolutionary heroine Olympe de Gouges to Hawaii’s national instrument the ukulele,  and unravelling the extraordinary history of knitting.

We are looking for a creative audio producer who has a passion for world history and the flair and journalistic expertise to deliver that in an accessible and appealing way to a young international audience.

The Forum is part of a unit that makes a variety of programmes for World Service English — including The ConversationThe Fifth Floor and Outlook.  

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role:

  • You should be experienced in producing long-form programmes.
  • You will be able to identify suitable subjects and find expert contributors from around the world.
  • You will have expertise in a range of audio production techniques such as the use of archive, readings and music.
  • You will have the editorial judgement and confidence to take responsibility for the output
  • You will have a passion for history and how to make it appealing and accessible to an international audience.
  • The successful candidate will have an interest in world affairs and have ideas on how to make content that has impact.

Package Description

Band:     D
Contract type:    12 month attachment/fixed term contract
Location:   Broadcasting House, 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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