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Researcher - Watchdog

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Job Introduction

In its new home on The One Show, Watchdog makes waves every week. From high profile campaigns like #CantComplain to calling out the holiday giants refusing refunds for covid-cancellations. Every story revolves around great characters left fuming and out of pocket by big name firms they previously put their faith in.  

Role Responsibility

Do you have what it takes to find, develop, pitch and scrutinise the consumer stories that matter most to The One Show’s audience, week in, week out?

We’re looking for a journalistic Researcher who’s brimming with ideas for both headline grabbing investigations, and simpler – but no less shocking – short films. If you have a great nose for consumer stories with widespread appeal, a jaw dropping reveal and a great headline, we want to hear from you.

You’ll support the assistant producers and film directors in the development, pitching and production of weekly Watchdog VTs. You’ll be responsible for story finding, detailed factual research and investigation, contributor and expert casting; thorough fact checking, supporting filmmakers on occasional shoots and through the edit. You may also be required to assist in the development, pitching and production of Current Affairs films for the One Show as part of BBC Studios Factual Salford’s wider One Show team output.                       

Are you the right candidate?

With attention to detail that is second-to-none, you’ll bring a story sensibility more tabloid than broadsheet. You’ll understand The One Show’s audience, with a keen sense of what the best One Show films and Watchdog films share.

You must have experience of working on short form and fast turnaround TV output, and on potentially legally contentious subject matter. We’re a consumer show – so alongside previous experience in this field, you’ll also need to convince us you’ve got the right nose for a story that can make a splash when packaged into a 4 minute One Show / Watchdog film.  


Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: FTC until March 2021
Location: Salford - Remote

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.

About the BBC

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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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