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Senior Technical Operator, BBC South Today (Oxford)

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Job Introduction

We need a talented and experienced Senior Technical Operator with live TV news directing skills and a creative flair to join our Operations Team at BBC Oxford.

The Oxford team covers the northern part of the regional TV news programme BBC South Today.  The output from Oxford is at least the first 10 minutes of the flagship 1830 South Today programme which broadcasts from the studios in Southampton.  On occasion we broadcast a full half hour depending on the story of the day. We also broadcast at 2225.  Each weekday our programmes broadcast to 1.5 million BBC1 viewers across central Southern England. We cover Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, North-East Wiltshire, and parts of Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire.  We aim to deliver original local journalism which has impact and relevance. We hold local decision-makers to account, tell the important stories, and celebrate the people and places of our area. The team in Oxford also work closely with our BBC South colleagues in Southampton on programmes including Inside Out and Sunday Politics. We regularly collaborate with network BBC colleagues. 

Role Responsibility

You’ll work across the range of our regional news programming including 1830 and 2225, with an occasional requirement to work weekends and Bank Holidays.  You’ll work alongside daily news producers to help turn their vision for the programme into great television. You’ll help shape the headline sequences, choosing shots and actuality clips to draw in our viewers, using Quantel. You’ll plan the shots that make the programme flow. You’ll get the best out of our live sequences from around our region and further afield, and you’ll use the studio to bring the best out of our brilliant staff. Your knowledge of our multi-camera studio will be key to helping to lead the production team.  You’ll deliver all of this with as much creativity as you can muster, while keeping a cool head in a fast moving and ever changing news environment. You have the chance to really shape the look and feel of our programme on a daily basis and help design the output, in a rewarding and really friendly team atmosphere.

You will be asked to work across technical disciplines including directing and vision mixing, sound mixing, cameras, lighting, media hub and graphics - and possibly operating newsgathering equipment out in the field. There may be opportunities to work in other craft areas for those with proven skills. 

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate should have the creativity and technical knowledge to direct fast moving live TV news. You should have demonstrable experience of directing in a multi camera environment.

Knowledge and experience of the current systems used within English Regions, including OpenMedia, BigTed, Quantel, ServerLoad and ServerPlay or similar newsroom systems would be an advantage but training can also be provided. You’ll be asked about the operation of multi effects vision mixers and DVEs. You’ll need a great rapport with producers, presenters and technical staff.  You’ll be prepared to embrace a learning environment and be an excellent communicator and team worker. You should be able to effectively manage production and technical aspirations, and be pragmatic about what to do if the running order changes at the very last minute!  You should have a flexible approach to work, as the demands of this role involve working some unsocial hours including late shifts. The future of our programme will be in bringing together the best parts of our Digital content to air so a good understanding of our online and social media output is desirable.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Assistant Editor Stuart Tinworth on 07912 583215

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Continuing contract

Location: Oxford

Interviews are expected to take place in Oxford during the week commencing 21st October 2019 and will include a short directing & vision mixing practical test.

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page.

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.​

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