Studio Researcher Talent Pool - The One Show

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

Job Introduction

This is a brilliant opportunity for experienced studio television researchers.

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

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 researchers to work on The One Show, BBC One’s flagship live daily magazine programme and related programmes from the One Show stable.

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.

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.

Studio researchers 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 and delivering additional material (e.g. floats, stills and clips).

Please note:

These are not entry level roles.

These roles are London-based.

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


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 to the producer/line manager 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:

  • Extensive experience of researching for television, preferably in a live studio environment.
  • A track record of pitching ideas for innovative, journalistic and creative studio content
  • Experience of working on 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 nuggets of information
  • 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: FTC/attachment

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


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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