BBC UK Jobs – Technical Operator

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About the job

Job Introduction

North TV News Operations is a team of approximately 60 people who provide a range of technical and craft services to BBC News, BBC England and Digital productions, based at MediaCityUK. We work as a creative, multiskilled team across an exciting and wide range of output including BBC Breakfast, BBC North West Tonight and BBC News. The team provides the gallery and studio team for BBC Breakfast every day of the year as well as regularly working across the country on location and outside broadcasts. We also output four regional programmes for North West Tonight every weekday, as well as weekend output. Work is varied, lively and great fun.

Role Responsibility

We are looking to recruit a Technical Operator into our team. Your current skills might include:

  • Gallery operational skills, for example Lighting, Technical Management or studio camera operations.
  • Sound operations either in a gallery or on location
  • Editing skills either on location or in a suite. FCP / Quantel knowledge is an advantage
  • Newswire / hub operations
  • PSC / ENG camera operations on location.

All of our team are expected to be multi-skilled and to deliver a number of roles in the operation. This may include gallery and studio operations; live sound mixing, directing, floor management, manual and robotic camera control, communications and circuit co-ordination. It may also include picture editing, media hub, location shoot-editing and live vehicle operation. As a Technical Operator we will look to increase your existing skills with training and mentoring.

Are you the right candidate?

You will be familiar with working in a broadcast environment on live programming often in a pressurised situation. You will be comfortable working in a fast-moving creative environment, demonstrating the appropriate level of resilience, as well as being able to communicate clearly and assertively. You’ll be passionate about working on live news output and show a willingness and ability to learn new systems and processes quickly. A good understanding of health and safety issues and best practice is important.

You’ll be willing to accept a varied shift pattern which includes early and late shifts, overnights, as well as regular weekend working.

For further information or to discuss your skillset please contact Andy Hill ( [email protected] ) or Jan Hancock ( [email protected] )

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: Permanent

Location: Salford

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 or a worker contract and you have worked continuously for six 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


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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.

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  • Job Description
  • BBC Values

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