Studio Directors (UK Output Operations)

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

Job Introduction

Output Operations are a team of highly skilled and creative staff at the heart of the News Group, working closely with editorial teams to provide high quality output across TV, radio and multimedia platforms.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

You will have the potential and ambition to work across the full range of studio directed output in London or Salford. They will take on extra supervisory work (shiftleading), some project work and mentoring responsibilities. Studio Directors act as a central point of contact for queries from programme teams, Studio Managers and other Studio Directors, making sure that the operation is running smoothly out of office hours.

If you would like to liaise with someone to find out what it’s like to work as a Studio Director or what it’s like to work in UK Output Operations, please contact our Inclusion Champions (recruitment group) via email to:

The Ideal Candidate

You should have a track record of taking a proactive and positive approach when identifying and solving problems. You should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to improving the effectiveness of Output Operations (Audio).

You will: 

  • have experience of working in a live broadcasting environment with responsibility for balancing and controlling audio is required, with the potential to develop into the Studio Director role
  • have experience of dealing with challenging situations in a live transmission environment
  • have experience of working well with journalistic staff to realise their programme ideas
  • have experience of dealing creatively and responsibly with scheduling issues
  • have awareness of the implications of using networked audio in an operational environment

Interview & Assessment Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Zoom Interview between 4th-5th November 2021.  Those candidates successful from the interview will be put forward for an Operational Assessment at New Broadcasting House potentially to take place on 6th, 7th or 8th November 2021. 

Those who pass the Operational Assessment will be invited for a final Interview and Assessment to take place over the weekend of 13th and 14th November 2021 at New Broadcasting House.


The dates in Salford will be confirmed once applications are in, and are expected to be a similar timeline.


Package Description

Band: C

Base: London or Salford


2 x 12 month & 1 x 6 month attachments/fixed term contracts (London)

1 x 12 month & 1 x 6 month attachments/fixed term contacts (Salford)

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

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.

Job Application Requirements:


You will be asked for your location preference for the roles: London or Salford.

Questionnaire with opportunity to detail your experience plus the following additional questions:

  • With reference to the personal characteristics required for this role, please describe a work situation that you feel best reflects how you demonstrate these skills. (No more than 250 words)
  • Please detail your best and worst experience of working within a creative team with on air deadlines. (No more than 250 words)
  • With reference to your personal qualities, describe a situation where you have demonstrated leadership in a challenging production environment. (No more than 250 words)
  • What radio programmes and podcasts do you enjoy – and what makes them a great listen for you? (No more than 250 words)
  • Tell us about your experience of using audio editing and mixing software – and if there’s a system you prefer, explain why. (No more than 250 words)

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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

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