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Studio Manager (Production Operations)

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Job Introduction

Studio Managers in the BBC News - Production Operations, Audio department drive the radio studio desk and provide technical operational support for a wide range of News output broadcast in the UK and across the World.

We currently have an opportunity to join the department in London as a Studio Manager on a fixed term contract basis. Our team of Studio Managers and Studio Directors work in New Broadcasting House in London in a 24/7 complex technical operation working on programmes broadcast on Radio 4, 5 Live, Radio 1, World Service and various podcasts. Some Studio Managers also undertake sound duties on the News Channel, BBC London, and BBC World. As well as programmes in English for World Service, you could be working on foreign language output in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto or Korean (to name just a few). Of course, we don’t expect you to speak all the languages we broadcast in, but awareness and appreciation of the wider world is an important part of the job.

Production Operations as a wider department is made up 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 both in London and Salford. We are supported by an experienced team of schedulers and operational co-ordinators who make sure that the output is staffed by people with the right skills.

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 be part of a highly trained and creative team, operating broadcast equipment in radio studios. You’ll ensure that the finished audio and visualised content satisfies the programme makers aims as well as the BBCs delivery aspirations and technical standards. Following a short period of training and familiarisation you will be working on live Radio programmes broadcast from New Broadcasting House, Old Broadcasting House, Peel Wing and Millbank in London in a Studio Manager role. The job incorporates 24/7 shift work including weekends, nights and Bank Holidays. With this in mind, candidates should be aware that work is allocated to an indicative rota pattern with shift times starting and ending around the clock.

Are you the right candidate?

Significant experience of driving a desk and knowledge of the technical aspects of working in a live radio broadcasting environment is essential for this role. Perhaps you have worked as a tech op, broadcasting assistant, DJ, theatre audio technician, live music sound technician or driven your own desk while radio presenting and are now looking for a new challenge driving some of the world’s best known radio news output. You’ll have worked with digital audio playout systems, handled live calls and outside sources, have some knowledge of all areas of studio technical production and a passion for speech and/or news radio. You must be adaptable to different styles and pace of radio to suit different audiences and the ability to work flexibly as part of a team that changes daily is essential.

With knowledge of IT systems used in a broadcast environment, you’ll show the willingness and ability to learn new systems and processes quickly. It’s essential that you’re able to prioritise, problem solve and remain calm under pressure. A demonstrable interest in BBC News output and an awareness of the need for cultural sensitivity is also required.

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For information on the role and department, please find Video Link - Introduction to Radio Operations:


Package Description

Band B

Contract: attachment/ftc until March 2020

Base: London

(For Internal staff Only: are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent). 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.

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

Were 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.


About the BBC

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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 thats 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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