BBC England, one of the four BBC Nations, is re-inventing its TV offer for the audience. As part of that creative refresh we will launch a brand-new current affairs series on BBC One and we are recruiting a dynamic, creative and diverse team to help us.
This new series will transmit in a BBC One prime-time slot and will deliver a fresh approach to peak-time current affairs. It will reflect the lives of our audience from Cumbria to Cornwall, Manchester to Margate. It will tell the big stories that matter, in an accessible, actuality rich, immersive way.
The team will be based in six regional hubs across England and will be run by an executive team at the series headquarters in Birmingham.
The ambition is for a new series with high production values, popular appeal, warmth, accessibility and investigative journalism - with a clear, contemporary visual style. We will tell compelling stories with a deep understanding of the issues our audience is talking about.
We are seeking individuals with the skills to help us deliver great content, maximise the impact of that content and a commitment to understanding and reflecting the stories and experiences of our diverse audience in England. This is an opportunity to launch a bold and ground-breaking new programme, delivering 120 films a year for BBC One from six locations across England. The series is reputationally critical to BBC One and BBC England and we are recruiting a team to deliver on that challenge.
You will have responsibility for the creation of distinctive 30min films that reflect our diverse audience. You will have control on every aspect of production, creating an environment where the talents of those on and off screen can flourish. You will be accountable for the success of the finished films and will steer the production from beginning to completion.
We expect our producers to lead, motivate and support the team, ensuring that the editorial vision is communicated and understood, developing and managing positive working relationships.
You will be accountable for the compliance and delivery of content, acting within BBC Editorial, Legal and Health & Safety guidelines and, where relevant, liaising with our Rights teams to ensure copyright and contracts adhere to BBC regulations.
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a long-form current affairs and/or factual TV filmmaker with a track record of producing distinctive content – an autonomous, creative self-starter who can develop a film from conception to delivery on time and on budget.
With responsibility for the delivery of 30min films, you will need sound journalistic skills and instincts, a creative vision/ambition and experience of influencing, negotiating and communicating effectively with a wide range of people including talent.
You will be able to demonstrate your ability to develop creative ideas from conception to final film, including planning, scripting and shaping. You should be experienced at every level of production and have specialist production knowledge with the proven ability to shoot (to broadcast standard) and edit (to rough cut standard) using a range of tools/kit.
You should have the initiative, tenacity and ability to see how your work fits in with the wider needs of the team whilst bringing out creative ideas in others and have the proven ability to lead, inspire and motivate all members of the team through various stages of the production process.
We have a commitment to making a better culture at the BBC and will be looking for individuals to demonstrate how they identify with the BBC employee commitments and values.
You will have up-to-date knowledge of the BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations, and use this to shape creative and engaging output. Evidence of strong editorial judgement and a thorough knowledge of editorial policy and legal guidelines should also be demonstrated.
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 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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.
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