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Researcher x2, Film Team and Studio, Blue Peter - BBC Children's InHouse Productions

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

Job Introduction

Children’s In House Productions is the award-winning production arm of the UK’s foremost kids’ broadcaster, BBC Children’s. The acclaimed In House unit, with production bases in Salford and Glasgow, produces content across all genres for 0 to 12.

Blue Peter is the longest running children’s television show in the world. We evolve with our audience to create unmissable, on-demand content on CBBC and iPlayer and generate fantastic join-in moments for our audience of young viewers online.

Blue Peter is looking for two Researchers one to join their studio team and one to join the film team.

Studio - As a member of this team, you can expect each day to be very different; from sourcing props to booking animal handlers, developing and pitching amazing makes and bakes, to coordinating visiting guests in a COVID-safe environment ready to take on a dance-a-thon in a live studio environment.

Film team - As a Researcher for the Blue Peter film team, you’ll work with the film team APs to tell their stories in a riveting way making excellent and memorable content. You’ll work on the films right from development of the idea, to setting up the shoot prior to filming, and then attending the filming itself using a variety of cameras and Go Pros. Assistance will also be provided to the APs in prepping the films for edit, which may involve some rough cutting on Avid. You’ll be responsible for generating ideas for the films, utilising a sound knowledge of how short films are delivered right from the development stage.

Role Responsibility

Studio - To be a successful studio researcher on Blue Peter, you’ll have flair for coming up with factual entertainment ideas. You’ll be able to develop and pitch features on a weekly basis, creating items that are innovative, entertaining, interactive and informative.  You’ll need to be confident dealing with high-profile talent and have the tenacity to uncover great guests who are trending on social platforms. You should be able to demonstrate a great understanding of, and empathy for the interests and passions of modern British children and be interested in a wide range of general subjects. We’re looking for people who work brilliantly in a team, but are equally driven to produce fantastic results when tasked with solo projects.  

Film team -  Substantial previous experience as a researcher on location TV programme or website requiring detailed research, journalistic and production skills, is essential. The ideal candidate will have an abundance of self-shooting skills and self-editing skills are also advantageous. You’ll also have the ability to identify potentially gripping and unique stories with genuine interactive potential and be able to work these into a compelling pitch.

The ideal candidate will have experience working as part of a wider team, and a good understanding of television production techniques and procedures; with knowledge or experience of working on live magazine programmes being advantageous, but not essential. You’ll also possess a knowledge of a wide range of current factual entertainment output and You will have an understanding of and empathy for the interests and passions of modern British children and be interested in a wide range of general subjects including arts, children’s books, sport, cultures, science, nature, animals, entertainment, music, web content, baking and crafts. Finally you’ll have the ability to work well with contributors, especially children and deal with complex and sometimes sensitive editorial issues.

The Ideal Candidate

Studio

  • We are looking for an individual with substantial previous experience as a researcher on a studio or location / TV or Radio programme, with detailed research, journalistic and production skills; and able to cast child contributors and source archive material.
  • Attention to detail and strong editorial judgement for archive research
  • You’ll have a good understanding of television production techniques and procedures
  • You’ll have proven experience in researching the best possible factual entertainment content, with the ability to track down fantastic contributors who connect with our audience
  • This role requires a relevant DBS check to be undertaken by the BBC at the appropriate level, at the point of offer of a contract of employment.

Film team

  • We are looking for an individual with substantial previous experience as a researcher a location TV programme, with detailed research, journalistic and production skills.
  • Strong self-shooting skills, preferably on the FS7 Camera
  • Good technical skills with knowledge of and experience using film-making equipment like GoPros, lights, sliders, gimbals etc.
  • Attention to detail and strong editorial judgement.
  • You’ll have a good understanding of television production techniques and procedures
  • You’ll have proven experience in researching the best possible factual entertainment content, with the ability to track down fantastic contributors who connect with our audience
  • This role requires a relevant DBS check to be undertaken by the BBC at the appropriate level, at the point of offer of a contract of employment.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: FTC/attachment - Film Team Researcher – 16/8/21 - 17/12/21 & Studio Researcher – 31/8/21 - 25/3/22
Location: MediaCityUK, Salford

Please note - You will only be asked to submit a CV by way of application for this vacancy, and this CV will be the sole basis on which we initially review your application. We would therefore encourage you to approach your CV as an application, and to tailor it to highlight the skills and experience which we’ve talked about in this advert. We’d love to know not only about your most relevant experience and responsibilities in previous roles, but also any achievements, transferable skills, or areas of personal or professional interest that highlight why you’d be a great candidate for this role. 

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

About the Company

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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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