Topical Researcher Talent Pool - The One Show, BBC Studios

Job Introduction

This is a brilliant and exciting opportunity for experienced 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 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

Researchers generate ideas for topical, presenter-led, self-shot VTs and assist the director with research and filming. These VTs are made on a fast-turnaround basis for inclusion in the programme. Main responsibilities are:

  • 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 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 source contributors, experts and talent, as required and maintain consistent and professional communication with them
  • 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
  • To support the Director and Production Management team in the planning of shoots and helping to manage any last minute changes
  • To work closely with the Director on location shoots to ensure the success of the shoot both editorially and technically
  • Ability to organise and prioritise tasks both in terms of finding stories and dealing with research materials
  • 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

  • In order to apply for this pool, you should have at least 2 recent television researcher credits.
  • Strong analytical thinking and the ability to assess complex information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research.
  • Demonstrable ability to find strong storylines and contributors
  • Basic experience using and operating broadcast cameras and sound equipment.
  • Excellent interpersonal verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues and contributors
  • A demonstrable aptitude for detail and accuracy in all areas
  • The ability to generate and develop achievable creative ideas for content & programming output and to pitch ideas with the necessary supporting documentation
  • Resilience and stamina to sustain performance under pressure from a high volume of work and conflicting priorities
  • Demonstrable time management and organisational skills
  • Experience of successfully delivering to tight deadlines
  • A thorough understanding of the clearance of all copyright material, including archive, music and stills
  • The ability to maintain a creative, problem-solving approach in fast changing and challenging situations
  • Experience of working effectively with a team
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative with confidence; using judgement to escalate where necessary
  • Awareness of financial responsibility and budgets
  • Ability to use IT proficiently, including a range of software packages
  • Proven ability to work with new and emerging technologies to deliver content to audiences in the most effective ways
  • An awareness of BBC editorial guidelines and other compliance policies, or the desire to glean this knowledge quickly
  • An awareness of BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations and use this to shape creative and engagement output

Shooting researchers should demonstrate:

  • Excellent self-shooting skills, to broadcast standard
  • Journalistic qualification (NCTJ or equivalent) OR proven experience of working on journalistic content
  • Working with presenters and /or contributors
  • A track record of pitching item ideas which have made it to broadcast

Package Description

Role: Topical Researcher, 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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