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Extendee - Broadcast Assistant/Researcher, Breakfast, BBC News

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

Job Introduction

BBC Breakfast is the most watched breakfast television programme in the UK, reaching more than eleven million people every week on BBC1. It’s on air between 0600 and 0915 weekdays, 0600 and 1000 on Saturdays and 0600 to 0900 on Sundays. The programme is a mix of news, sport, business and feature items.

Role Responsibility

As a Broadcast Assistant on Breakfast, you'll often find yourself busy and working to deadlines under pressure. You will be expected to multi-task, covering a variety of roles and be able to prioritise accordingly. A significant part of the role will be assisting with the programme’s social media tasks and helping to use it to develop our relationship with the Breakfast audience. Your duties could include, helping to maintain and develop BBC Breakfast Social Media project through use of Facebook, Website and Twitter and providing research support to Senior Broadcast Journalists/Broadcast Journalists. As well as generating ideas and stories; contributing to the creative treatment of an item, you'll also contribute to ideas at team meetings.

The Ideal Candidate

We need your experience in media research including the ability to identify key ideas, debates and issues within a field. You'll have experience in working with Social Media – Twitter and Facebook ideally in a corporate environment and will have an enthusiastic interest in and general understanding of news and current affairs. With your proven ability to locate relevant sources of information, contributors, guests, or other assets using initiative, perseverance and persuasion, you'll also have the proven ability to spot the potential of a story or idea to meet the programme needs.

Package Description

Extend – BBC Disability Scheme


Exclusively for disabled people, Extend is an award-winning, BBC-wide work placement scheme which offers appropriately experienced and/or qualified people a great opportunity to gain six months’ paid work experience within the BBC.

Although the scheme doesn’t necessarily lead to a full-time job, last year 70% gained further work at the BBC.

From October 2014, 12 placements will be available across the UK, in both programming areas and programme support areas. You’ll need to match the criteria for the placement as well as demonstrate a keen interest in broadcasting and knowledge of BBC output.

Applications to be received by 12th May 2014

Interviews are expected to be held between 26th May - 11th July 2014


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Textphone 02890 328 478

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