How to become a radio producer: Phillip's story

Meet Phillip and find out more about life as a producer for BBC Radio 6 Music. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

  • Philip is a radio producer in charge of the afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music. He is responsible for the show running smoothly. He works closely with the presenter and makes sure that all the music is compliant and that all guests are in the right place at the right time

  • At 16, he did work experience in BBC local radio, announcing the football results. He went on to do a degree in Radio and worked for commercial stations before joining the BBC World Service. From there he moved into BBC Radio 6 Music and has been a producer on different radio shows for 10 years. During his career, Philip has produced drive time shows and breakfast shows and now works on the afternoon show with presenter Shaun Keaveny

  • The proper use of the English language is particularly important in this job as you need to be able to communicate well with your team and make sure the spelling and punctuation is correct when writing scripts

  • Qualifications are great to help you get your foot in the door, but it’s more important to work hard, get on with people and collaborate well in a team.

One of the most important things somebody needs to learn when they work in radio is to make a good cup of tea. We thrive on tea!

The lowdown

What will I get paid? This can vary, depending on your employer and location. You may also work as a freelancer.

Where will I work? Producers usually work in offices or studios, but also work at live events and outside broadcasts. Radio producers may also work on content for online and other platforms. Employers include large commercial radio or media groups such as Bauer Media, Global Radio and the Wireless Group, community radio stations, hospital radio, independent production companies and the BBC.

What are the working hours like? These can vary, but may be long or unpredictable. You may work shifts, including weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Conditions vary depending on where you work.

What qualifications do I need? Qualifications are good to get your foot in the door, but practical experience is really important. You can get experience in student, hospital or community radio.

Organisations offering work experience include:

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service, prospects.ac.uk)

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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