BBC Audio & Music is seeking to develop its relationship with communities across the UK by developing partnerships with community radio stations. The department is offering a limited number of two-week work placements to gain new contacts, stories and experiences. The BBC would also see this as developmental for the successful candidates. If you are passionate about Radio and understand what it’s like to have worked at a community radio station for at least 1 year and can provide a recommendation from your Station Manager or equivalent then please read on.
Part of the Audio & Music Strategy is to get people who work in community radio to work as part of the radio networks. Audio & Music is offering work experience in the following areas of the BBC:
Audio & Music Production
A&M Production is part of the Audio & Music division. The departments which make up A&M Production are: Arts & Science, General Factual, Drama & London Drama, A&M North, A&M Birmingham, A&M Bristol, Classical Music TV, TV Music Entertainment and A&M Operations. Together the departments employ some 700 staff across bases in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Salford.
1) Audio & Music Production North (Factual) based in Salford
A&M Production North makes a diverse range of content mainly for Radio 4 but also for Radio 3 and World Service. The department broadcasts live strands (You & Yours and Woman’s Hour), produce pre-recorded strands (Counterpoint, Round Britain Quiz, Brain of Britain, Pick of the Week, The Verb, Heart and Soul) and also make a number of ad hoc documentaries for Radio 4.
The successful applicant may gain experience assisting the team of Production Co-ordinators in providing logistical support to the production teams across all output. This could involve assisting with preparation of scripts, responding to listener correspondence, digital file management, transport and studio bookings, collecting studio guests and completing both live and pre-recorded studio production and post production paperwork.
This placement offers mainly admin based experience yet offers the opportunity to experience a diverse range of radio production. Candidates who wish to pursue a career as a Production Co-ordinator may gain the most from this placement.
2) Audio & Music Factual Departmental Runner based in London (July placement only)
The placement involves working in the General 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 Fifth Floor. You should get an overall insight into how radio productions are put together whilst actively taking part behind the scenes.
You should have an enthusiastic approach to repetitive tasks, as well as being literate, flexible and highly motivated. With good interpersonal skills, you’ll enjoy working as part of a team and have the ability to use your initiative and be proactive. You will need a developed telephone manner and computer literacy is important.
BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 6 Music
Radio 2 is the UK’s most listened to radio station, featuring a rich and diverse talent roster including Chris Evans, Graham Norton and Jo Whiley, and showcasing a diverse range of music and live music from folk to blues, jazz to pop.
6 Music celebrates the alternative spirit of music from the 1960s to the present and reaches a weekly audience of 1.89 million listeners. It’s the one-stop shop for all your musical needs with music news, documentaries and features, comprehensive biographies, gig information and reviews delivered on air and online.
If you’re interested in a career in broadcasting, love music, Radio 2 & 6 Music are offering the chance to gain valuable experience in a live broadcasting environment to those who show the right spark and enthusiasm. More information about the stations can be found www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 and www.bbc.co.uk/6music
3) BBC Radio 2
This placement is likely to be for 3 weeks based primarily with Radio 2 Speech programmes which include Jeremy Vine and The Arts Show.
This placement requires applicants with a demonstrable interest in broadcasting and particularly Radio 2. You should have good interpersonal skills. You’ll need to be highly motivated, work well in a team and be adaptable. Knowledge of the Internet as well as IT skills would be advantageous. Please note that this is not a placement for people who’d like to gain on-air or presenting experience.
You will need to be available Monday to Friday every day for four weeks. Your working hours are likely to be usual office hours, however depending on what programme you work these hours may change.
4) BBC Radio 6 Music
A 4 week placement on the Lauren Laverne show which broadcasts live 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday, 3rd June to 28th June 2013.
This placement would suit applicants with a demonstrable interest in broadcasting and particularly 6 Music and Lauren Laverne’s programme. You should have good interpersonal skills. You’ll need to be highly motivated, work well in a team and be adaptable. Knowledge of the Internet as well as IT skills would be advantageous. Please note that this is not a placement for people who’d like to gain on-air or presenting experience.
You will need to be available Monday to Friday every day for four weeks. Your working hours are likely to be 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Age Criteria: Due to Health & Safety considerations, you will need to be aged 18 or over to apply for these placements.
Placement Location: London and Salford
Placement Month: May, June and July
Placement Duration: Various (not exceeding 20 days)
Closing date for applications: 1 April 2013 at 11:59pm