The "Gareth Butler" trainee
Gareth Butler was a notable producer of political programmes at the BBC, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of parliament and government. His last job was as deputy editor of BBC1's The Politics Show, bringing a close editorial analysis to interviews and films. Gareth also established a strong track record as editor of Radio 4's election programmes. Across two general elections, an American presidential election, local and European elections, Gareth helped sift the trivial from the important and had an ability to keep the most extraordinary facts at his fingertips.
He spent more than two decades at the BBC from the current affairs department at World Service to Law in Action, Stop Press and The Week in Westminster at Radio 4. He joined Radio 4's The World at One and later became editor of The World This Weekend. He also spent time as assistant to the then Head of BBC News, Tony Hall. Aside from broadcasting, Gareth was also a keen cricketer, an Arsenal season ticket holder and devoted father of two. Gareth died on February 29th 2008 aged 42.
The Gareth Butler trainee will need to reflect Gareth's passion for politics and ability to identify the looming policy trends. After an initial spell working in the regions, they will spend time working out of the BBC's Westminster office, helping to shed light on the major political themes and analysing current and imminent policies. Candidates should consider a policy area or political story they'd be keen to explore in greater depth during their traineeship.
If you are interested in being considered for this specific role, please indicate this on your application form in the final section.