Producer – Radio

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A radio producer is responsible for the overall content and production of a radio programme. This includes the initial research, budget, staffing and technical aspects.

They usually work either in music or speech-based programmes.

The Work

You could be:


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

Starting salaries for trainee producers may range from £13,000 to £18,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £45,000 or more a year.

Many radio producers work on a freelance basis, earning a set fee for a job. This could be from around £150 up to £300 a day.


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Getting In

Employers include the BBC, commercial radio stations, community radio and independent production companies.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

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.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Website (2):
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

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

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Twitter: @SDTNtweets

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