Inside the BBC with BBC Young Reporter: What's it like to work here?

The Young Reporter team went behind the scenes of some popular BBC brands to find out which jobs go into making hit content.

If you love a good story or think you might like to work in journalism or a media role, read on for inspiration about jobs you could do in the future.

Natural History Unit

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit produces specialist natural history and wildlife content, including leading David Attenborough series such as Blue Planet II and The Green Planet. Hear from four of the team about what it's like behind the scenes.

The best thing about working at the NHU is the field work, the shoots. It's getting to go to places that people only dream of or that tourists can't access.

James P Lees, researcher

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Eastenders

BBC One's EastEnders has been entertaining the nation for over 35 years. Hear from seven members of the EastEnders team about what goes into bringing the soap to our screens.

I graduated in the pandemic, and it was quite difficult to find a job. So, the most important thing I did, which helped me, was talking to people. I would send out many emails to people within the TV industry... and I introduced myself.

Elizabeth Kwenortey, trainee script editor

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MOTDx

BBC Three's MOTDx bring you football, music and culture from around the Premier League. Join presenter Reece Parkinson, director Clair Goodwin, assistant producer Liv Portas and sports filmmaker Tom Mallion for a sneak peek behind the scenes of their roles in BBC Sport.

You don't have to go to university to get into the world of journalism or get into a media industry – there are other routes in.

Liv Portas, assistant producer, BBC Sport

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Radio 1

Radio 1 is well-known for bringing you all the latest hits. Join presenter Arielle Free, producer Daisy Jarrett, podcast commissioning producer Leanne Alie and music editor Matt Fincham to get the lowdown on their job roles.

When I finished uni, I moved to London, got a job in an office and tried to get any kind of experience on radio. I did shows of my own on community radio stations and tried to do as much radio as I possibly could until a team assistant job came up at Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Daisy Jarrett, assistant producer, BBC Radio 1

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The Social

BBC The Social is a digital platform based in Glasgow that develops new talent from across Scotland. Find out what it's like to work there from four people at the centre of the action.

I grew up in council houses all my life and now do stuff for the BBC... you don't need to be the person that you'd think you need to be, if that makes sense, to work at the BBC.

Darren Dowling, presenter

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Asian Network's Big Comedy Night

Asian Network's Big Comedy Night brings you stand-up laughs from around the UK. Hear from presenter Harpz Kaur, comedian Tez Ilyas, radio visualisation team member Dan Lucas and producer Rumana Hoque about what goes into bringing Asian Network's content to life.

The best thing for me is the atmosphere in the room, it’s the reaction from the audience. That gives me more adrenaline to want to be on the stage and do what I do.

Harpz Kaur, presenter, BBC Asian Network

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The Young Offenders

Coming-of-age sitcom The Young Offenders began on BBC Three and has had three successful series. Hear from actor Jennifer Barry, music supervisor Dina Coughlan, foley artist Eoghan McDonnell and make up lead Edwina Kelly about their roles on the show.

For anyone who wants to be an actor, just go for it. Have the belief in yourself and take every single opportunity you can get. Work hard and don’t doubt yourself because you can do it.

Jennifer Barry, actor

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Man like Mobeen

BBC Three comedy series Man like Mobeen has had three successful series on iPlayer. Hear from actor Dúaa Karim, writer Andy Milligan, location manager Ahmed Roy and trainee producer Wajeeha Sheikh about what goes into making the programme.

Between the ages of 11 and 18 you have so much time. Don’t think that the subjects you choose for your GCSEs mean you can’t do anything in the creative industry. You can change your mind.

Wajeeha Sheikh, trainee producer

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