Researchers Talent Pool, Radio Current Affairs - BBC News

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

Job Introduction

Radio Current Affairs produces strands and documentary programmes for outlets across a number of BBC networks, mainly Radio 4 and the World Service. Our strands include File on Four, The Inquiry, The Briefing Room, More or Less, Money Box and Profile.  We also produce digital videos and digital versions of our stories for online and social media.

Our programmes make an impact through original journalism and creative production.  We regularly win awards for our work.  Researchers are crucial members of our journalistic teams. 

They need to contribute original ideas and story treatments which reflect the whole of the UK, find angles and develop knowledge and contacts.

Role Responsibility

We're creating a talent pool of researchers on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us at peak times. Radio Current Affairs will consider them first when the department needs freelance researchers and help them develop their research skills on a wide range of Radio Current Affairs projects.

You’ll work effectively as part of a team and have a variety of duties i.e.  Identifying and securing suitable guests and contributors and briefing them and the producer/ presenter, recording  and editing audio material and finding archive material quickly and effectively.  You’ll work within tight deadlines and may work on sensitive investigations where a high degree of confidentiality and good record keeping are essential.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a keen interest in current affairs and a background in journalism and radio production.  

Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities. We are therefore actively seeking individuals with skills/experience/backgrounds that can help contribute to ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.

Package Description

All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance PAYE basis.

Appointment to the Talent Pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.  However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

Any freelance work offered will be carried out at our New Broadcasting House office in Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

Any work offered with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.


You will be asked to supply your CV and complete an application questionnaire to answer the following:

  • Please listen to the following Radio Current Affairs story: My name is Natasha - .     Tell us what you like about the programme, what you disliked, what you might have done differently (Max 300 words)
  • Radio Current Affairs is looking for people who are self-motivated and use their initiative.  Tell us about a time when you’ve demonstrated these qualities. (Max 200 Words)
  • One of the programmes we make is Profile on Radio 4 which looks at people who are in the news or behind the headlines -  In recent months we have profiled Kamala Harris, Sarah Gilbert, Russell T Davies, Pat McGrath and Viola Davis.  Who would you like to Profile and why?  Who would you try to talk to?  Tell us about 3 interesting things that you have found out about the person which helps tell the story of how that person got to where they are now? (Max 300 words)

Due to Covid, 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. Until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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

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