BBC Content: Commissioning Development Programme 252 views

[Job Introduction]

From the world-class programmes we commission and produce to the talented people we hire, we’re committed to achieving diversity across the BBC.

Our commissioning teams make big decisions on behalf of all our audiences so our content should accurately reflect and be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We recognise that people from BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and people with disabilities (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) are currently under-represented at the commissioning levels of the BBC and we want to address that. That’s where you come in.

Our BBC Content Commissioner Programme is an exciting training and development opportunity for media professionals from BAME backgrounds and those with a disability. Building on your existing television expertise and knowledge, this 24 month programme will see you deepen your understanding of commissioning, develop your skills and gain invaluable practical experience. Plus, you’ll receive industry-standard training from BBC experts. This will include an intensive five day ‘boot camp’, plus a whole host of master classes and workshops across the course of the year.

We want to give you an insight into commissioning at a senior level and encourage you to help shape the future of broadcasting whether at the BBC or elsewhere in the industry; we’re serious about change and we want you to join in.

The Commissioning Development Programme has training placements available in each of the following areas of television:

BBC Comedy Commissioning

BBC Daytime Commissioning

BBC Entertainment Commissioning

BBC Factual Commissioning

BBC Three Commissioning

BBC Two Commissioning

A further placement in BBC Drama Commissioning will be announced shortly.

You are only able to apply for one of the specific placements listed above, so please read the appropriate document relevant to your chosen placement and ensure you tailor your application accordingly.

[Main Responsibilities]
This exciting training programme aims to give you an all-access understanding of the BBC’s commissioning process. Working closely with commissioning teams, you’ll learn how to effectively shape BBC genre priorities and strategies, how to recognise and develop fresh original ideas, communicate feedback and brief channel needs – you’ll learn it all and much, much more.

[The Ideal Candidate]
If you’re a talented media professional from a BAME background or with a disability and interested in commissioning we want to hear from you.

You will already have experience in television (at a Series or Senior Producer, Editor, Exec level or similar) and this will be complemented by the Commissioner Development Programme in the area of genre commissioning. We are looking for people who have a sophisticated understanding and genuine love of television, plus a good knowledge of modern audiences and an understanding of issues affecting the broadcasting industry, including the need to access harder to reach groups.

Sound editorial judgement is key. As is the ability to establish trust, rapport and strong working skills with people in a variety of roles. And if you can add to all that concrete communication skills, a naturally curious mind and a commitment to excellence, this programme could be just for you.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this training.

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