Production Roles

Every production be it News, Drama, Comedy, Factual or Entertainment demands a skilled and dedicated team with clearly defined roles both on and off air.

The BBC produces around 60 percent of its output, the remainder being supplied by independent companies.

To achieve this, we employ a wide range of on-air, editorial, craft and production management professionals and offer several types of contract. Find more information on contract types.

The BBC Careers Hub is the new recruitment system which allows you to build your own career profile easily, search for relevant roles and utilise our resources section which includes video, audio and tools to support your application. Recruiters will be able to search the system for candidates suitable for jobs and production roles, so it is vital that you register and create your profile.

Production teams comprise four main types of work:

  • On-air - The talent in front of  the cameras, such as Reporters, Presenters, Actors and Comics
  • Editorial - The team responsible for researching, crafting and leading the creative and editorial aspects of a production, such as Producers, Directors, Researchers and Journalists
  • Craft - Professionals with specific production skills, such as Camera Operators, Make-Up Artists, Costume Assistants, Lighting Engineers, Sound Engineers and Floor Managers
  • Production Management - The team responsible for contracts, budgets, organisation and bringing all the resources together, including Production Managers, Production Coordinators and Production Assistants.

There are many ways to establish a career in these fields, and the BBC offers a variety of Trainee Schemes.

To hear real examples of how people have developed their careers, take a look at the Our People section of this site.

Here are some tips on how best to progress your career in a competitive market.

  • Know the Output - Watch and listen to as much output as you can. Knowing as much as possible about the current content that’s out there will really help you. Check out the credits, contact the Producer.
  • Work Experience - Work experience can be invaluable for your CV as employers are always looking for people who have gone the extra mile and are really passionate about their chosen field. Also, take a look at the Work Experience section of this site to find out more about applying for work experience at the BBC.
  • Know and Understand the Market - Read industry publications such as Broadcast and check out the viewer ratings for programmes.
  • Scrutinse your CV - Your CV is the often the thing that will get you an interview. Take the time to get it right and keep it to two pages maximum. For more tips on creating your CV click here.
  • Stand Out - Work out what you can offer and what makes you different.
  • Network - Talk to as many people in the industry as you can and why not think about joining an organisation like the Royal Television Society.
  • Know the Employment Market - Understand the freelance, programme based nature of the employment market. For more information about freelance contracts click here.
  • Have ideas - Think about how existing programmes can be extended or refreshed and think about how new content ideas could be applied.
  • Don’t Give Up - Be persistent and focused on your ambition.

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