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Technical Operator

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

Job Introduction

Reporting to The Operations Manager (News) the TO works between the News HUB and Vision Operations.

The Technical Operator is a key player in the delivery of News Operations workflow for BBC NI. The TO will also operate in the Vision control area in both Studios and OBs

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

In Hub Operations: The Technical Operator is required to perform all daily Hub Op functions under supervision and should be able to cover for the Senior Technical Operator. Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Media ingest operations from baseband video and audio sources and for file based content from physical media and IT network sources
  • Outgest and playout from the production system to a range of formats and SD, HD and IP based circuits
  • Operation into local and remote Live transmissions
  • Operation of a range of Broadcast IT and media handling systems
  • Ad hoc operation of encoding systems for streaming content
  • Use of the Core Infrastructure to Route HD & SD Video / Audio programme and comms circuits and use of conversion and interface tools to ensure signal quality and formats as required
  • Liaison with remote source and destination facilities (eg: Studios, Control Rooms, Media Hubs, Outside Broadcasts and third party broadcasters)
  • Liaison with internal and external bookings/planning offices and using a range of IT tools to input or respond to bookings requirements and log outcomes
  • Outside broadcast circuit bookings and provision including, satellite downlinks and operation of microwave analogue and digital links


In Vision Operations : The Technical Operator is required to provide basic Vision Operator skills including:

  • Colour and balancing of cameras and control of iris, gain and black levels to technical standards and editorial and artist requirements
  • Use of the Studio, OB Vehicle and Core Infrastructure to Route HD & SD Video / Audio Programme and Comms circuits and use of conversion and interface tools to ensure signal quality and formats as required
  • Liaison with remote source and destination facilities (eg: Studios, Control Rooms, Media Hubs, Outside Broadcasts and third party broadcasters).
  • Operation of baseband and file based recording and playback equipment
  • Installation and rigging of cables and equipment in studios and on OBs
  • Assisting in setting lights and  using a lighting console and its remote control
  • Working safely in a range of operational environments and proactively dealing with safety issues in accordance with BBC Policies

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have experience of working as a Technical Operator in a live broadcast environment and a range of production genres and knowledge of operating baseband and file based routing and ingest systems.  You will have technical knowledge of digital media standards, codecs and production workflows and their dependencies.

You will have demonstrable experience of working in Vision Control and safe working practices in Studio and Outside Broadcast environments including Electricity at Work requirements and be able to manage conflicting priorities.  The ability to resolve issues efficiently is key and you will be able to work in a high pressured environment.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Belfast 

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 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

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. 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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