Studio Researcher Talent Pool - The One Show, BBC Studios

Job Introduction

This is a brilliant and exciting opportunity for experienced Studio Researchers.

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.

The One Show holds a mirror to the UK and is an important platform for the channel to showcase events and moments that unite the nation. The programme plays a vital role in major BBC One events such as Comic Relief, Children in Need and the D-Day Celebrations.  The content is a mix of live studio and pre-recorded VTs with topical/entertaining chat in the studio weaving it all together. Up to 5 million people watch the show every week and its success lies in making The One Show inclusive of the broadest possible audience, embodying the BBC One values.

It is BBC One’s flagship early peak magazine programme that specialises in delivering high quality, high-impact journalism, and we are seeking experienced Studio Researchers, who are ready to hit the ground running to join our Talent Pool and be a part of The One Show Family.

You will be involved in sourcing contributors, experts and talent, conduct Research, generate and present ideas, and provide overall support to the senior members of the production team across a variety of platforms, as well as a variety responsibilities ensuring the process runs smoothly within one of the BBC’s leading programmes.

Researchers 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 Talent Pool serves as a database of researchers who we feel 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) researcher position become vacant.

Please note:

These are not entry level roles.

These roles are London-based.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a networking event.


Role Responsibility

  • To assist in the planning and production of content across a variety of platforms
  • Suggest, develop and research appropriate ideas and present these for feedback and review
  • To source contributors, experts and talent as required and maintain consistent and professional communication with them
  • To research accurately when producing original content in keeping with an editorial brief, and conduct rigorous fact-checking from a variety of sources
  • Utilise a wide range of sources and reference material in-keeping with audience needs and expectations & adhering to known BBC policies & guidelines
  • Sourcing and clearing material for broadcasting and publishing
  • To work collaboratively as part of a strong and effective team, and demonstrate judgment on appropriate referral to more experienced members of the production team
  • Support the senior members of the production team in a wide variety of tasks (including technical/digital needs)
  • May be required to manage the workload of the runner and work experience team members, or equivalent
  • To assist in ensuring that output complies with the BBC Health and Safety policy

The Ideal Candidate

Studio researchers should demonstrate:

  • Experience of researching for television, preferably in a live studio environment
  • A track record of pitching ideas for innovative, journalistic and creative studio content
  • Ability to react to a fast paced show with changing content whilst live on air
  • Vast experience of preparing contributor briefs
  • Ability to organise and prioritise tasks both in terms of finding stories and dealing with research materials
  • Experience of working with presenters and /or contributors
  • Excellent interpersonal verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate effectively
  • A demonstrable aptitude for detail and accuracy in all areas
  • An awareness of BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations and use this to shape creative and engaging output
  • The ability to maintain a creative, problem-solving approach in fast-changing and challenging situations and to deliver to tight deadlines

Package Description

Role: Researcher (studio), Band B

Programme: The One Show

Department: FEE

Base: NBH, London

Type of contract: Freelance

NB this is a pool and does not guarantee an offer of work.

Role duration: n/a – pool advert

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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


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