Studio Assistant Producer Pool - The One Show

Job Introduction

This is a brilliant opportunity for experienced assistant producers looking to work on the One Show.

BBC Studios is the most awarded Production Company and the biggest independent producer in the UK. The Factual Entertainment and Events team produce a wide breadth of content including; The One Show, Top Gear, Dragon’s Den, Celebrity Painting Challenge, Junior Doctors, D Day Celebrations, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, Royal Ceremonial Events coverage and much more.

We are looking for experienced studio APs to express an interest in working on The One Show, BBC One’s flagship live daily magazine programme and related programmes from the One Show stable in future.

The Talent Pool serves as a database of APs that have the necessary skills and experience to work with us, and forms a group of candidates that we will consider as a priority should a short-term (non-permanent) AP position become vacant.

PLEASE NOTE: The BBC Studios One Show Studio AP pool is an opportunity for candidates to express their interest in working for the One Show in London. If accepted into the pool it is not a guarantee of a job role and successful applicants will not necessarily end up working for BBC Studios.

There will be a choice of set interview dates. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate individual availability.

Role Responsibility

Studio APs gather relevant information regarding the guests and contributors for the programme and deliver precise and accurate briefs to the producer. They generate ideas for innovative live content both inside and outside of the studio and are responsible for sourcing, clearing, edit producing and delivering additional material (e.g. floats, stills and clips). They will be required to take responsibility for a whole programme or sections within a programme.

Assistant Producers on the One Show studio team work within a rotating day team of producer, assistant producer and researcher, who generate all studio / OB content for the programme.

The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location or studio filming; and post production.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Working effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched, meets the BBC’s editorial standards and is fact checked using a variety of sources.
  • Researching, setting up and producing live studio recording, including the identification of suitable programme contributors, locations and storylines, working closely at all times to the editorial brief of the Producer.  To conduct research on people and places in advance of filming and, where appropriate, negotiate access to locations and organisations.
  • To script material effectively.
  • To prepare effectively for edits and, where necessary, offline edit creatively and efficiently in the available time and within the allotted budget.
  • To communicate effectively with contributors, the production team and the Editor to ensure that all are kept fully informed of developments and requirements at every stage of production. To demonstrate judgement on appropriate referral to more experienced members of the production team where necessary.
  • To generate ideas, run brainstorms, write proposals, produce taster tapes and pitch ideas for one show segments and future BBC Studios series.
  • To write, film and edit material for multiplatform, the BBC Press Office, supporting publications etc, where appropriate.
  • To source and clear material for broadcasting and publishing
  • To organise and prioritise tasks both in terms of finding stories and dealing with research materials
  • To manage the workload of the researcher, runner and work experience team members, or equivalent

The Ideal Candidate

You should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of daily live studio shows e.g It Takes Two, Bake Off Extra Slice, This Morning
  • Used to working in a fast-paced, topical working environment
  • Excellent at managing edits
  • An understanding of archive/various copyright material rights
  • Strong editorial background with creative ideas
  • Good at briefing high profile talent and contributors
  • A track record of getting ideas for innovative, journalistic and creative studio content and programme ideas commissioned
  • A passion for factual studio programmes and an in depth understanding of the One Show audience and editorial brief
  • experience of producing segments of live television and the ability to generate and react to changing content whilst live on air
  • extensive experience of preparing contributor briefs, including the ability to draw out new anecdotes and exclusive content
  • excellent script-writing skills with experience of creating imaginative treatments
  • experience of cutting VT inserts or complete films to tight deadlines
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team
  • ability to persuade and influence others
  • planning, organizing and time management skills
  • ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities
  • the ability to maintain a creative, problem-solving approach in fast changing and challenging situations
  • Understanding of budgets and managing costs effectively
  • Knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme-making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: FREELANCE
Location: London

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and 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. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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


This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings below you consent to this. Read more about cookies.


This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings below you consent to this. Read more about cookies.