Researcher - Newcastle

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Job Introduction

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.  

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate will be expected to work with the producer and AP to support the delivery of 30min films; assist in the planning and production of content, and support the senior members of the production team in a wide variety of tasks as required.                               

You will research accurately using a wide range of sources, contacts and reference material in keeping with audience needs and expectations, and adhere to BBC compliance policies & guidelines.

We are a creative team and expect everyone to contribute to the creation of story ideas; suggesting, developing and researching appropriate ideas and presenting these to the producer for feedback and review.

You will be required to source and clear material for broadcasting and liaise with contributors, experts, organisations and talent, where required. 

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an experienced, creative researcher with a track record of working in a TV production team supporting senior colleagues in the delivery of high-impact current affairs/factual content with the ability to generate and develop achievable, creative ideas.

You will know what makes a good story (and how to find one) and will relish the challenge of working on multiple programmes at any one time.

You will have strong research skills; gathering a broad range of material from a variety of sources (personal contacts, experts, print media & online), writing questions and interviewing techniques with a demonstrable aptitude for detail and accuracy in all areas. 

You will also need to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues and contributors.

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.

In addition, you will need to have the ability to sustain performance when under pressure from a high volume of work and conflicting priorities, and have the ability to use your own initiative with confidence, using judgement to consult colleagues when and where necessary.

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: FTC/Attachment until April 2022

Location: Newcastle

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. 

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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