Studio Managers, News Production Operations (London & Salford)

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Job Introduction

Studio Managers in Production Operations (Audio) provide technical operation, alongside our Studio Directors, for a wide range of News and Sport output, broadcast across both the UK and the World.

In London, in addition to English News and  Business programmes for World Service and Domestic channels, you could be working on some 5 live programmes as well as foreign language output in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto or Hausa (to name just a few). Of course, we don’t expect you to speak all the languages we broadcast in, but an awareness and appreciation of the wider world is an important part of the job.

In MediaCity, you would be joining the 5 live operations team working on 5 live, Sports Extra and World Service Sport.

We currently have a number of opportunities to join the department (London or MediaCity, Salford) as a Studio Manager on a fixed term basis. Our team of Studio Managers and Studio Directors work on complex technical operations covering Radio 4, 5 Live and World Service and Language Services programmes throughout the day and night. Some Studio Managers also undertake sound duties on the News Channel, BBC London, and BBC World.

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.  

At the BBC we respect each other and celebrate our diversity so that everyone gives their best. The BBC positively encourages applications from all parts of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity. It is important to BBC News that all employees come from and reflect the different communities across the UK. We value their understanding, experience and knowledge which enables us to communicate with our audiences.

Role Responsibility

You will be part of a highly trained and creative team, operating broadcast equipment in radio studios, either alone or with another Studio Manager or Studio Director.  You’ll ensure that the live audio satisfies the programme makers’ aims as well as the BBC’s delivery aspirations and technical standards.  Following a short period of training and familiarisation, you will start in a Studio Manager role but there is an expected progression to undertaking Studio Director duties once you are fully conversant with all the programmes we support. 

The role 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 pattern with shift times starting and ending around the clock.

The Ideal Candidate

Experience of operations within a live radio broadcasting environment is essential for this role.  You’ll have operated mixing desks, worked with digital audio playout systems, handled live calls and outside sources and have some knowledge of all areas of studio technical production. The ability to work flexibly as part of changing teams is essential as is the ability to self-manage.

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 of cultural sensitivity is also required.

Interviews are expected to take place during the week beginning 11th April 2016.

The start date for successful candidates is anticipated to be 20th May 2016.

Package Description

Grade: 5H


5 x 10 month fixed term contracts (attachments where applicable for current BBC staff) in London

2 x 10 month fixed term contracts (attachments were applicable for current BBC staff) in MediaCity, Salford with the 5 live operations team.

Internal staff: When applying for an attachment, please ensure that you have your line manager's approval.

Part time applications will also be considered for this role. (Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application)

About the Company

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