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Script Editor x 2, River City

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

Job Introduction

We are looking to recruit two Script Editors to be part of the team who successfully deliver 52 hour long episodes of River City each year. River City is BBC Scotland’s flag-ship continuing drama series. Made by the in-house Drama team in Dumbarton, the show first aired in 2002.

The job specification is intended to reflect the nature, range and context of the work.  It identifies the main requirements of the role, but is not an exhaustive list of duties.

Role Responsibility

- To ensure that commissioned scripts are of the required standard, conform to the editorial brief and are available for use at the appropriate time.


- To advise on all script related matters associated with the production, and to manage the relationship between the writer and the production. To provide research required to ensure storylines are accurate and authentic


- To generate creative ideas and story ideas of the highest standard consistent with River City.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A demonstrable thorough and current knowledge of River City.
  • An up to date knowledge of established and emergent Scottish-based writing talent.
  • Minimum of 1 years production script editing experience
  • Experience of working with writers under pressure.
  • A knowledge of and access to new writers/talent with diverse backgrounds.
  • Thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent.
  • An understanding of Copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process.
  • An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.
  • An enthusiasm and interest in popular drama and general knowledge of River City.

Package Description

12 Months Fixed Term Contract/Attachment x 2

Grade 7

Based Dumbarton

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a

slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.

About the Company

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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