Researcher Radio Drama

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

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a Researcher to join the award-winning BBC Scotland Radio Drama team.  We produce over 45 hours of drama and readings annually for Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio Scotland and BBC Sounds.  Recent drama productions for Radio 4 include This Thing Of Darkness, Why Mummy Swears and Weir Of Hermiston; and recent readings titles for Radio 4’s Book of the Week and fiction serial slots include British Summertime Begins, Brixton Hill, Crossing The Line and Crossriggs.


Role Responsibility

  • Work closely with Producers and other Researchers to manage the administration and delivery of over 45 hours of programme output
  • Liaise with agents, writers and publishers
  • Book actors and clear literary copyright
  • Assess material for fiction and non-fiction readings slots on Radio 4
  • Source archive and music research, as well as clearing music for broadcast
  • Book travel/accommodation
  • Use of systems such as MyBusiness, Proteus, Gateway Bookings, FastClear and Dropbox
  • Book studios internally and externally
  • Prepare and distribute scripts
  • On studio days; work alongside the producer, taking editing notes and timings as well as looking after the cast. 
  • Many of our studio recordings will be in Pacific Quay in Glasgow but a number of programmes will be recorded in London so you should be prepared to travel and to work flexibly, sometimes at weekends
  • Some remote recording may also be involved

The Ideal Candidate

Our preferred candidate will be a friendly and highly-motivated individual who is comfortable with using their own initiative. Clearly in these days of homeworking, we need you to be resilient and comfortable working in this way. 

 Ideally, we’d like a strong interest in drama and books but it’s also important to have the tact and organisational skills to deal with a wide range of networks, projects and people, on the phone or face to face.  You'll enjoy working under pressure and as part of a team but you must also be able to work alone when required – either at home or in the office.  Some knowledge of remote recording and editing would be an advantage. If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 6 months fixed term contract/attachment ending 27/03/2021
Location: BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay Glasgow 

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

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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. 

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