Researcher – Broadcasting

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A researcher looks for background information on topics that form the content of radio or television programmes, and helps with different aspects of planning and producing the programmes.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary, depending on:

As a trainee you may be able to earn up to £16,000 a year. Salaries for broadcasting researchers are around £21,000 to £25,000 a year, rising with experience to up to £35,000 or more. As a researcher in factual television, you might earn from £465 to £729 for a 48-hour week (recommended rates of pay from BECTU – the media and entertainment union). It may be that you would have to work for a minimal rate or for nothing before getting a fully paid job.


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Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to May.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
Twitter: @BBCCareers

BECTU Scotland (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
Tel: 0141 314 0060
Twitter: @bectu

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

Radio Academy
Tel: 020 3174 1180
Twitter: @radioacademy

Information on how to break into the world of radio.

Tel: 020 7010 0600
Twitter: @Radiocentre

STV (Scottish Television)
Tel: 0141 300 3061
Twitter: @WeAreSTV

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