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15.04.03

BBC NEWS


BBC News is on the hunt for new talent


BBC News is now open for applications to two trainee programmes - for Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs and for Broadcast Technology Assistant Trainees in News Resources.


The aim of both schemes is to attract new and diverse talent into BBC News around the UK.

The schemes are in their third year and are this year recruiting around eight people to begin training in mid September.

The trainees will receive structured development through a mix of theoretical and practical on-the-job skills training and work experience to get a real feel for and understanding of the work and life of the BBC.


BBC Trainees receive top quality training and development and shadowing opportunities and earn competitive salaries.

"News is one of the fastest growing and most competitive areas of the broadcast industry," said Richard Sambrook, BBC's Director of News.


"There is a proliferation of new technology being introduced to news production which is rapidly changing the face of the industry.


"It's crucial, therefore, that we recruit the best people to drive this news revolution.

"Also, the BBC serves every community across the UK, so it's important that we recruit widely to make sure our trainees and staff reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experience."

The one-year scheme for Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs covers research techniques, radio, TV and online skills, production and output awareness.


Trainees learn how to question and probe, and explain why and how world events happen and shape our lives.


Working across radio, television and New Media in London or Manchester, it is their job to generate ideas and stories, identify and secure guests and contributors and work with producers to make high quality programmes.


They will gain hands on experience of the full range of programme output and develop a wide range of journalistic skills, including editorial judgement.

BBC News is looking for people who have a good basic background knowledge of world events and current affairs, imagination and the ability to think laterally, proven experience of developing angles on stories, a demonstrable commitment to journalism, for example writing for websites, local paper or student magazine, and a passion for getting to the heart of a story.

"I have a strong interest in politics, so have been able to arrange a placement at Newsnight," said Kirsten Hills, Trainee Researcher, BBC Current Affairs.


"The year has been an incredible experience in terms of developing professionally and personally.


"There is a real effort to identify placements that are best suited to your interests and personality. For example, I asked to work on a documentary looking at the diamond industry in Sierra Leone."

Over the two and a half year programme, the Broadcast Technology Assistant Trainees will learn how to keep broadcasts on the air and running smoothly.


The News Support team provides technical support to the BBC's television, radio and online newsrooms and studios to ensure that the BBC reaches its audiences both in the UK and abroad.


Trainees gain experience across all areas in News Resources and, on successful completion of the training, will qualify as a Broadcast Technology Support Specialist.

The BBC is looking for people who are fascinated by how and why equipment works, with a minimum A-level - or equivalent - standard of education including physics, maths, computing and a demonstrable interest in computers, software, electronics, web development, video, audio and broadcasting.

"The training is excellent in terms of how much I have learned so quickly," said Jiten Thakrar, Broadcast Technology Assistant.


"I feel that working in News is definitely the best place to learn, because time constraints put a good level of pressure on the technical teams and bring out the best in them."

The deadline for applications to the scheme is 20 June 2003 for the Broadcast Technology Assistant Trainee scheme and 16 May 2003 for the Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs.

For more information and details on how to apply, log on to www.bbc.co.uk/jobs/bbctrainees or contact 0870 3331330 or text phone 020 7765 1192.


Case studies


The following BBC trainees are available for media interview:


Kirsten Hills - Trainee Researcher - Current Affairs


Richard Colebourn - Trainee Researcher - Current Affairs


Emma Fishwick - Broadcast Technology Assistant.


Jiten Thakrar - Broadcast Technology Assistant


Notes to Editors

BBC Training & Development co-ordinates BBC Trainees, and is working closely with BBC News to develop their trainee schemes.


BBC Training & Development is the world's largest broadcast trainer.


In 2002 it delivered 37,943 trainee days and provided 3,706 courses for over 18,500 people both within and outside the organisation.


It has also supported 302 trainees, and runs e-learning courses for BBC staff on learn.gateway, the BBC's online learning intranet.

Current Affairs is part of BBC News. It has output on television, radio and online, and its programmes aim to give an insight into the world in which we live.


It questions and probes, and explains why and how world events happen and shape our lives, making topical programmes underwritten by journalistic integrity.

News Resources is a department of approximately 700 people, providing a comprehensive range of dedicated location, editing, graphics and studio facilities, and operational staff for BBC News, including IT and engineering services.

The bulk of news output comes from the BBC News Centre in Television Centre, the largest news centre in the world.


There are also News facilities at Bush House, Millbank and White City.


News Resources is part of the BBC News Division.


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