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About the job

Job Introduction

We are looking for a Technical Operator to be based at the heart of the newsroom at BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow. This is a key role as part of our news operation and you will work across all of our news and political output. The team of technical operators provide daily operational support for all News and Current Affairs programmes across the full range of TV, Radio and Online output, seven days a week.

The role of Technical Operator within News encompasses an extensive range of responsibilities and duties – ranging from the day to day ingest of audio and video material, to live broadcast of News programmes from studio galleries and control rooms. The Technical Operators will be expected to progress within the job; gain experience and carry out training; and will take on increasing responsibility within the department. Training and development opportunities will be provided to ensure that operators demonstrate competency across the majority of duties.

The Technical Operator will be expected to fulfil all of the following technical requirements:

  • ingest of video and audio material into the various media systems used across BBC Scotland
  • import and management of file-based media
  • monitoring and quality control of incoming and outgoing material
  • management of internal circuit routing within the BBC and of satellite uplink and downlink workflows
  • operation of live studio gallery equipment and transmission
  • operation of studio floor and remote camera and lighting systems
  • operation of broadcast equipment on location
  • implementation of all health and safety requirements when working on studio floor or in transmission areas
  • editing of material using Avid Media Composer and other non-linear editing systems
  • PSC Camera work – Shooting, lighting and sound operation to a basic level suitable for broadcast

This role will involve shift work encompassing weekends, with some early starts and late finishes.

Role Responsibility

News Hub

  • Ingesting video and audio material
  • Recording incoming material and programmes
  • Importing file-based material
  • Video and audio monitoring
  • Booking lines and satellite feeds

Studio Cameras

  • Framing of shots
  • Working with or without direction

Sound Operations

  • Sound balancing including transmission work
  • Basic editing of audio material
  • Positioning of microphones

Vision Mixing

  • Including source switching, mixing, keying and effects
  • With or without directors instructions
  • Operation of DVE & associated outboard equipment

TV Lighting

  • Assisting with lighting on interiors and exteriors
  • Rigging and setting of lamps

Floor Managing

  • Cueing and communication with presenters, contributors, guests
  • Co-ordinating guests to the programme
  • Managing performing areas to HSE standards


  • Inputting graphics material to approved template/house style
  • Operation of captioning, storage, manipulation, origination & transmission equipment
  • Original graphics design within agreed guidelines
  • Multi overlay graphics to an original design within the house style


  • Early morning & weekend bulletins for a single position camera / presenter

Are you the right candidate?

Skills And Abilities

  • Demonstrates craft and operational aptitude and possesses technical skills and experience gained in a broadcast or similar, environment.
  • Prepared to embrace a learning environment – eager to seek out opportunities to expand knowledge and experience of operator role through formal training and other experiences.
  • Effective communicator – interprets sympathetically the requirements of programme-makers and is able to appropriately suggest alternatives.
  • Excellent team worker – participates fully in contributing to the team’s decisions; flexible and proactive in taking on the roles required.
  • Strives to provide the highest quality of work, both artistically and technically, whilst understanding and working within the limits imposed by available finance, resources and deadlines
  • Ability to assess picture quality, which includes shot framing, lighting of a presenter, camera exposure & colour balance
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Health and Safety in a broadcast environment.


The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

  • Planning and organising – able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.
  • Communication – able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • Managing relationships and team working – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Resilience – manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Flexibility – adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
  • Creative Thinking – able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: Permanent Full Time

Location: Glasgow

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


About The BBC

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, sexuality, social 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

Attached documents

  • Our BBC Values
  • Job Description

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