BBC Commissioning Development Programme – Deadline 19th December 2016


The 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.

The BBC want to give you 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.

Attached below are documents with more detailed information regarding each of these areas.

Please read the ‘Essential Reading’ document initially to get a full understanding of the programme and its training objectives.

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.

Role Responsibility

This 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

  • 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.
  • You will 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.

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.
Training allowance/bursary: This is a training and development programme and as such does not attract a salary; however participants will be provided with an allowance for the duration of their training contract to enable them to participate in this programme. For candidates outside the BBC the allowance will aim to meet your current salary (excluding overtime and other allowances and subject to a maximum threshold). For candidates inside the BBC, an allowance based on current substantive salary (subject to a maximum threshold) will be provided.

Find out more here

BBC Commissioning Development Programme

Job Reference: BBC/TP/496297/18819
Contract Type: Schemes
Closing Date: 19 December, 2016
Job Category: Commissioning & Scheduling
Business Unit Content: Factual Commissioning
Location: London, United Kingdom


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