BBC launch hunt for trainees

BBC News is looking for applications for trainee researchers in current affairs and for broadcast technology assistant trainees in news resources.

The trainees will receive theoretical and practical on-the-job skills training and work experience to gain an understanding of the work and life of the BBC.

“News is one of the fastest-growing and most competitive areas of the broadcast industry,” said Richard Sambrook, the BBC’s director of news. “There is a proliferation of new technology being introduced to news production which is rapidly changing the face of the industry. It’s crucial that we recruit the best people to drive this news revolution.”

The one-year scheme for trainee researchers in current affairs covers research techniques, radio, TV and online skills, production and output awareness. Working across radio, TV and new media in London or Manchester, they will generate ideas and stories, identify and secure guests and contributors and work with producers.

Over the two-and-a half-year programme, the broadcast technology assistant trainees will learn how to keep broadcasts on the air and running smoothly.

The News Support team provides technical support to the BBC’s TV, radio and online newsrooms and studios to ensure that the BBC reaches its audiences both in the UK and abroad. Trainees gain experience across all areas in News Resources and, on successful completion of the training, will qualify as a broadcast technology support specialist.

The schemes are in their third year and around eight people will begin training in mid-September.

The deadline for applications is 20 June for broadcast technology and 16 May for the trainee researchers in current affairs.

For more information and details on how to apply, go to or contact 0870 3331330.

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