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Work Experience Opportunities in London within Radio

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

Job Introduction

  • Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout July, August & September


Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for all the BBC's national radio networks and for the production of most of the classical and popular music across them including Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Asian Network and Radio 3.

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. Our aim is for you to get an introduction to how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in. 

The Ideal Candidate

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In Radio we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

We take our jobs seriously and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Radio and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.


You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.

We have placements available in the following areas:

Factual Central Planning - Research/Runner - R&M (over 18)

Working with the Planning Unit research team to generate and administrate items for daily and weekly network radio output; assist in some paperwork and undertake research for programmes such as Woman’s Hour, Midweek and Front Row; act as an occasional runner to meet and greet guests.

Factual Production Runner – R&M (over 18)

Opportunity to work in the Factual programme making area - in particular on two of the department’s daily live programmes, Woman’s Hour and Outlook, and its weekly programmes The Media Show and Loose Ends. You will get an overall insight into how radio productions are put together whilst actively taking part behind the scenes. You should demonstrate a keen interest in speech radio.

Radio 1 & 1xtra (August & September only – open to applicants 14 and over)

Radio 1 & 1xtra show a great all round overview of the department, working with a number of different teams across the network and involvement in idea generation and research.

Radio 2 (Western House - July and September only - over 18)

Radio 2 is offering the chance to gain valuable experience in a broadcasting environment to those who show the right spark and enthusiasm. You'll work on the biggest radio station in Europe in one of the teams that produce either the Jeremy Vine programme (July), or the weekend programmes (September).  Each programme area offers different but equally important lessons in professional radio production.

Radio 3 (August & September only – over 18’s)

Insight into how Radio productions are created plus hands-on experience behind the scenes from attending live studios, location broadcasts, recording/editing sessions and general admin.

Radio 6 Music (over 18)

An opportunity to gain valuable experience in a live broadcasting environment for those who show the right spark and enthusiasm. You'll either work alongside the network's flagship breakfast show with Shaun Keaveny (July), Lauren Laverne’s mid-morning show (September), or Steve Lamacq’s drivetime slot (August). Each programme offers different but equally important lessons in professional radio production.

World Service News (over 18)

Working with programme teams; contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. A great opportunity to experience working on live news programmes.

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

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