Staff Comedy Writer

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

Job Introduction

BBC Radio Comedy ( is the largest producer of comedy in the world, responsible for about 150 hours of output per year, mainly for BBC Radio 4. We produce long running and much loved titles like The News Quiz, The Now Show, Just a Minute, I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue and Clare in The Community alongside newer shows like The Pin, Small Scenes, It’s Jocelyn and the award-winning open door show Newsjack. We are part of BBC Comedy and work closely with TV and online colleagues in producing some of the best comedy with the best writers and performers in the business. If you love comedy this is your dream job!

The staff writers work closely with producers and other writers to contribute to shows across the output of the department as required. They will write funny content for all types of show, particularly the topical shows; The Now Show, the News Quiz, Dead Ringers and Newsjack. They will also be asked to contribute to ideas brainstorms for vehicles for particular talent or for formats.

Role Responsibility

  • To contribute as required to the department’s long-running topical series.
  • To write for any show as required by the department; one liners, presenter’s scripts, sketch shows, narrative comedy.
  • To be able to script edit sketch and narrative comedy shows
  • Able to write to a brief set by a producer or another writer
  • To contribute to brainstorms
  • To be able to work in a team and also independently when required
  • To write on behalf of the Radio Comedy social media accounts
  • To comply with all relevant BBC Safety Rules, procedures and guidelines. To be fully aware of the Health and Safety responsibilities of this job role as stated in the department’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • To comply with the BBC’s policies on Diversity and to apply the principles of the policy when carrying out the role.
  • To be a role model for the BBC Values.

** When applying, please ensure that you read all of the questions and instructions carefully as you will not be able to re-submit your application.  

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • A good knowledge of comedy and the comedy world
  • At least three broadcast comedy writing credits that are not just one liners.
  • Ability to deal with talent
  • Able to write to a brief set by others.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to express all issues and ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work to a deadline

Health & Safety

Embraces the general statements of policy issued by the BBC with respect to the health, safety and welfare of employees and endeavours to provide a safe working environment. Staff must participate in appropriate training activities and refresher courses.


Writing Skills

Has a proven track record in comedy writing

Imagination and Creative Thinking 

Demonstrates original, imaginative ideas that are well written and funny

Planning and Organising

Demonstrates ability to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines

Managing Relationships

Demonstrates ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.

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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