I’m currently working on the daily arts and culture programme Front Row as an Assistant Producer. Generally my day starts with a morning meeting where I pitch ideas for the programme.
Then the rest of my day is spent finding and arranging guests, researching and briefing the presenters, before recording and editing interviews – often very quickly if they are due to go into that day’s programme!
Being technically savvy and willing to embrace new technology is very important as an AP. During my time at the BBC I’ve used a range of digital editing software and recording equipment. I’ve also been trained to film interviews. Using Twitter and keeping up with social media is key to making sure you connect with your audience.
Working on a live daily programme is exciting but it’s also a pressured environment so it’s necessary to be organised and communicate clearly with other members of the team, including making sure that the presenters are happy with their schedule and have everything they need.
If I’m studio producing a programme then it’s my job to make sure that the timings work - so everything will fit into the show. I also ensure there’s a back-up option in case a live guest doesn’t turn up. Finally it’s essential to be aware of any potential legal/editorial issues so I can discuss this with my editor or the BBC’s legal team.
My favourite part of the job is the huge breadth of experiences: switching from organising a rare Robbie Williams interview to making a future technology special in Andy Serkis’s Performance Capture studio. Before Front Row I worked on different programmes within the department including for the World Service and Children’s radio. Being able to adapt your skills and knowledge to suit the needs and audiences of different programmes is essential and can be surprisingly enjoyable and rewarding.