Senior Content Producer, Radio Comedy
BBC Studios produces many hours of radio comedy and entertainment output per year, mainly for BBC Radio 4 but also BBC Sounds and increasingly commercial audio commissioners.
We make all types of comedy and entertainment from satire (Dead Ringers) to sit com (Phil Ellis is Trying, Life on Egg, Ankle Tag) to factual entertainment/comedy (Simon Evans Goes to Market, Museum of Curiosity). Podcast-wise we also produce EastEnders: The Podcast, Eurovision Calling, Susan Calman's Mrs Brightside and Newsjack Unplugged with various others under commission and in development for Sounds and beyond.
Overall aim of job
Reporting to your Editor on a day to day basis and under the Executive Editor, Radio Comedy, the Senior Producer will produce some output, help oversee that of others and do some compliance for our long running shows.
To devise and produce original, innovative comedy and entertainment content working closely with talent and manage budgets effectively and be a role model in that respect.
To encourage others to grow their own ideas and be generous in contributing to their success by empowering other producers and PCs.
To work as part of the management team in terms of implementation of strategy, embracing and helping manage change.
To establish and manage a broad range of relationships, with both on-air and off-air talent, commissioners and other industry contacts.
To be curious about developments in audio, especially high end podcasts, be keen to stay on top of the trends and lead by example in inspiring others to take creative leaps.
To nurture talent, placing importance on the value of diversity, both on and off air.
To take editorial responsibility for all activities in terms of content compliance and the BBC’s Editorial Policy. To refer up when necessary but also evolve a confident understanding of how to push creative boundaries and take risks.
To ensure that the audience is at the heart of everything that is produced and reflects the diverse nature of the UK population.
Are you the right candidate?
You will know how to work with top name talent as you may work on one of our long running shows. It is important that you are familiar with our topical shows: The News Quiz, The Now Show and Newsjack as they are vital to the department.
You’ll need to be imaginative and creative as a producer and demonstrate that you are an expert in the comedy field in live, radio, TV and online. You must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of our current and recent output.
You will need an excellent track record as an experienced programme maker as a producer of Radio, TV, live comedy shows or professionally made podcasts, displaying strong programme-making skills.
We’re looking for enthusiasm, freshness of thought and a flexible attitude to working across a range of output.
An up-to-date understanding of the BBC’s diverse audiences that is reflected in your suggestions for talent development in performers and writers.
You’ll need to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and familiarity with compliance procedures that meet the needs of the Executive Editor, audience and the Network.
You will have the skills to resolve both creative and talent management problems, knowing when to refer up where appropriate.
You’ll be mature in the face of receiving feedback, be sensitive and precise when offering feedback to other producers and take responsibility and ownership of management decisions.
You will be front-foot in contributing to meetings, finding solutions, anticipating and solving problems
We would like to see evidence of you having worked with narrative as well as other forms of comedy and have some expertise with offering script notes and other direction.
Contract type: 12 month FTC/Attachment
Location: Television Centre, London
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