Assistant Producer (Breakfast), 12 Month FTC

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March 18, 2022
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Assistant Producer (Breakfast), 12 Month FTC

We are Wireless: Driving digital innovation, our people create award-winning national and local radio and podcasts which are must-listens for millions across the UK, Ireland and beyond. Life sounds good with Virgin Radio - home to Chris Evans at Breakfast and Graham Norton at the weekend. talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, delivers the very best live sport and analysis and is truly powered by its millions of fans. Launched in June 2020, Times Radio brings together the peerless journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with world-class broadcast talent including John Pienaar, Aasmah Mir and Michael Portillo. And talkRADIO is redefining speech broadcasting on digital audio platforms, connected TV and beyond.

The Team: talkRADIO is the Home of Common Sense where Britain's best presenters deliver big opinions on the stories that matter to the nation.

Your Role: As the Assistant Producer for talkRADIO’s breakfast show, reporting to the Content Editor - you will generate ideas, compile features, write scripts and assist during live programming. You will have a real interest for news and current affairs and a genuine passion for putting a programme together. The working days/hours for this role will be Mon-Fri, 5am-12pm.

Day to day you will:

  • Book guests and provide updates on which guests have appeared on the show or station
  • Write scripts, update the running order, provide briefing notes and articles for on-air presenters
  • Contribute and execute ideas whilst working to tight deadlines
  • Help note, flag and store highlights from programmes which can be used in ‘Best Of’ programmes and award entries
  • Edit promos and loading schedules
  • Ensure the programme is in-sync with our website and social media.
  • Be fully aware of all compliance issues including Ofcom and reporting restrictions
  • Be familiar with a range of visualisation tools, such as edit clips live on air
  • Help implement a clear social media strategy for the radio station in conjunction with the Digital Manager.
  • Responsible for ensuring clear communication with other APs, Producer and Technical Operator
  • Will be required to work evening and weekends
  • To undertake any other responsibility deemed appropriate

What we’re looking for from you:

  • A passion for radio production and an ear for great audio
  • Up to date with current news environment and endless suggestions for suitable guests
  • A creative mind, ability to think differently and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communications skills
  • You thrive in fast-paced environments and are able to work quickly in small teams
  • Used to working closely with presenters
  • A trusted pair of hands you have a reliable understanding of relevant compliance and legal issues
  • A creative mind and ability to think differently
  • Confident working in a fast-paced environment and able to react positively to change

Life at News

At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes. We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group.

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support.

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.