BBC Jobs – Technical Operator

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Job Introduction

BBC Midlands (Midlands Today) is looking for a Technical Op based for its team based in Birmingham on a continuing contract. BBC Midlands Today is the regional television news programme for the West Midlands, covering the area from Gloucester to Stoke, the Welsh border to Derby, delivering news on our various platforms throughout the day and across the week. Our programmes aim to deliver original journalism which has impact and relevance to everyone living in the area we serve. We hold local decision makers to account, tell the important stories, and celebrate the people and places in our area.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a Technical Operator to join our team in Birmingham. This is a skilled post in a dynamic and evolving newsroom, working across a range of core skills which may include a mix of sound mixing, editing, hub operations, vision mixing, or directing.

Ideally the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in two of the core skills.

In addition to working on our regional news programmes at breakfast, 1330, 1830 and our late bulletin at 2230 you will be expected to work on our weekly half hour Politics Midlands programme, support On Line output and additional programmes produced in the Midlands.

Are you the right candidate?

In addition to the above skills, you should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about regional news with a good knowledge of the diversity and makeup of our audience. You will have the ability to meet deadlines, prioritise a busy workload, and operate flexibly and under pressure. You will be a strong team player and an excellent communicator, working with the programme producers and presenters to help deliver their vision for the programme to our viewers.

Shift patterns are variable, to include days, evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays with occasional early and night working.

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: Permanent

Location: Birmingham

Application process: You will be asked to fill in a diversity questionnaire which is confidential and not seen by the hiring manager. You will then be asked to:

  • upload your CV
  • complete an eligibility questionnaire
  • answer questions specific to the role

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract. You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and will also need permission from your line manager. You can find out more on our attachments page.

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.

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites. Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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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.

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  • Job Description



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