Researcher - Radio Scotland

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Job Introduction

We have an exciting and creative opportunity for a part time Researcher role to work within BBC Radio Scotland’s Music Department based in Aberdeen.  We look after the award winning folk and trad programmes, Take the Floor, Travelling Folk and Your Requests with Gary Innes.  We have also produced the Hogmanay Show live on BBC Radio Scotland and various other music features and series.  This role would be working on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk and roots show, Travelling Folk with Bruce MacGregor.  It features all the latest releases from Scotland and beyond, plus live music sessions, interviews and features.  We also do outside broadcasts most notably from Celtic Connections.

This role is part time – two days per week with flexibility with which days.  The candidate should be based in Scotland and be willing to travel if required.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Producer of Travelling Folk, Researchers are responsible for developing, researching and delivering fresh and creative ideas for inclusion in the show.  You will also be responsible for music reporting and any relevant programme paperwork.

BBC Radio Scotland is committed to producing engaging content for on-air and across multi-platform.  As part of Multi-Platform Production there may also be opportunities to broaden our content and extend reach to new audiences on BBC Scotland TV channel and our digital services.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Listening to new releases and making recommendations to the Producer.
  • Devising and pitching ideas to the Producer for features, guests, outside broadcasts and specials
  • Speaking with contributors over the telephone and taking notes ahead of interviews
  • Asking insightful questions of contributors
  • Writing sparkling briefs for the presenter ahead of the broadcast
  • Completing programme paperwork and music reporting

There may also be the opportunity to create your own radio packages for the show.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for and knowledge of folk and traditional music in Scotland as well as having some experience working in this area.  We are looking for someone who can introduce new perspectives to the team and fresh ideas.  With some experience in radio production, we are very happy to consider someone who may be starting out in a career in broadcast media and is willing to learn but a deep grounding in music is essential.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 14 hours/2 day a-week fixed term contract - five months
Location: Scotland - flexible

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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