Productive, educational, fun and great people to work with.
A typical Multi Camera Course studio day would start with checking that day's schedule for the studio requirements and running order for the trainee directors/producers first practice run. Often, we had set up the studio at the end of the previous day. The course tutors would hold a brief for the students, which the studio crew would sit in upon. Once briefed, the students would then draw up their own studio floor plans, camera scripts and whatever else was required for the allotted tasks that they were to perform. The studio would be set for the first student and the practice run executed. The studio would then be reset to the requirements of each consecutive student. With the practice runs over, the studio would be rest for the first student's 'live' run and the whole process repeated as for a real life studio situation. Typical scenarios performed were simulations for the likes of programmes such as The One Show, The Culture Show and In The Spotlight. My tasks were for assisting as required e.g. looking after the studio headsets, "cable-bashing" for the cameramen, organizing and changing caption cards, stand-in camera operator, general studio help. The work, more often than not, was very high pressure and run to a tight schedule, requiring the ability to think on one's feet and be where one should be, when they should be there. The end of the day would see the studio crew checking the next day's studio schedule to see if a major studio reset was required and, if necessary
ProsWorking within a creative professional environment
Executive Assistant with many years of experience supporting all levels up to high-profile board executives. Adept at anticipating needs, working pro-actively and independently. Proven ability to plan and manage complex logistics, confidential correspondence, events, travel arrangements and expenses with the highest level of discretion. Exceptional organizational, project management and problem solving skills. Disciplined, accountable and committed to producing quality work in a timely manner; productive in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments. Easily develops and maintains effective relationships with clients and co-workers; sensitive to diversity and adaptive to various personalities and management style
.• Managing the day to day running of the office (including taking calls, stationary orders, maintaining IT / supplier relationships)
• Booking travel and company wide events in London and over seas. Deal with CEO and senior managers travel to events to help run there busy day activities.
• Financial administration: Processing company expenses, raising purchase orders, arranging invoices, generating expenses reports, company credit/debit card reconciliation, petty cash.
• Dealing with all aspects of health and safety in the office and first aiders. Managing all aspects of office management.
• Controlling Budgets and running an ever-challenging environment.
• Quick turnarounds and short pre-production periods demanded resourcefulness.
I worked in the HR department of the BBC in New Broadcasting House and worked with people who were working on the 'Transition Project' for the BBC where they were moving people form White City (W12) to Portland Place/Regents Street (W1) and Salford, Manchester, as well as with the 'Restructuring Project' of the BBC where they had to generate good quality content on a tighter budget, this involved massive employee movement. I helped with job recruitment by receiving, printing and filing CV's and other relevant documents. I updated spreadsheets with information that I was sent in regards to HR and people mapping. I PA'd for people in my office by organising meetings, emailing attendees and had to book rooms via their inter-telecom system, and hence updated people's calendars with relevant information/events. I worked on talent mapping and had to edit and update a current talent map. I also shadowed the BBC Group Finance Director where I learned how finances work within a business/company, how to budget and plan departmental savings over a long term period, and how to manage sensitive and confidential data. I also worked in IT,where I did Asset Monitoring and budgeting, I then took the data and compared it to what we were being budgeted for to make sure we weren't being over charged. I also learned to use the JML software and helped set up E-mail accounts.
Working a year at the BBC straight after finishing my A levels for me was probably the best opportunity for someone wanting to get into the media industry at entry level.
I didn't feel university was for me and wasn't willing to risk 3 years of my life and 50K in debt to test the university's claims of providing students with practical filming experience and an open door into already established media networks, and so I chose to try something more realistic to the working world.
This apprenticeship offered and gave me a lot more than I could've ever realized as it didn't just help me to grow 'professional skills' but helped grow my character, it helped show me what I liked doing and what I didn't like. It provided me with an insight into my own behavior and how this would need to change to thrive in the real world.
But most importantly, this job gave me a real taste of life, I got to complete work that had purpose outside the realm of 'I have to do this otherwise I'll get bad grades leading to a bad life'. It also showed me how life would be after school such as having to apply for jobs which became a very real concern day to day lest you be unemployed. I believe being thrust from school skipping uni and going straight to work almost acted as a fast track into
ProsGreat Benefits and Opportunities
ConsLacks diversity - age, race and cultural diversity
At the BBC, we're proud of being a world-class broadcasting organisation. BBC People recruits, retains and develops exceptional talent that helps keep us out in front.
We’re passionate about ensuring the BBC is a great place to work. Providing administrative help, strategic advice, and innovation around all things 'people' related, we give invaluable support to teams across the organisation. From Television and Radio to Journalism and Worldwide, our expertise is in demand all across the BBC.
Ours is a fast-moving industry and we look for adaptable, energetic and creative HR professionals who can offer the best advice, inventive yet workable solutions and quality support.
Our Divisional HR teams bring human resources and development expertise, perspective and challenge to business decision making.
Centres of Expertise
We have three expertise areas that link closely with Divisional HR to provide in depth knowledge and advice. These are Employment; Resourcing, Talent and Leadership; and BBC Academy
I feel really lucky and I love it here"
Tulip Mazumdar, Senior Broadcast Journalist
Putting training at the heart of the broadcasting industry so that our people never stop learning.
Our values and guiding principles
We strive to put our audiences and clients at the heart of everything we do
Lots of changes - best for short term career planning
When I originally joined company - it was sold company for life, flexible working and variety of good job opportunities across the media range with excellent training. Over the years, due to cost cutting, it's lost that family 'aunty' feel and staff no longer feel cared for for who they are. It's very much a corporation that brings you in for what it wants and gives little back. Under new leadership it is trying to slowly change back so it becomes leader in the industry and staff can feel valued but with Production now semi-privatised into a new affiliated company in the beginning of 2017 - that remains to be seen if the feeling that staff are valued and looked after comes back.
At the production end - the production is the end all and be all and your personal lives are expected to be put on hold. On the managerial side - it is possible to have a work/life balance but don't be surprised to find yourself monitoring emails at weekends etc.
Best bits are working for leading media brand and seeing your programme being broadcast. Worse bit is standing in middle of frozen field wondering if peeing on your feet would help release them from the ground whilst having main star berate you for not sourcing a Starbucks open at 2am in the morning.
Managed and controlled the daily transmission of all UKTV channels, BBC1, BBC2,Five US, Five Life, BBC World,Bravo,Living,Trouble,ESPN, BBC Prime,
Daily use of Ominbus/G3 Operating Systems,Pics,Quantel,ON Air, FTP File Transfer, Quantel HD/SD,Media Intake Library Using On-Air,Infax and Pics
I Have knowledge of :Adobe Premier, Avid Editing
Managed all material required for transmission
Logged, edited and checked cached material before transmission
Ensured all channels and channel streams are recorded as transmitted onto server
Operated all equipment manually under breakdown conditions, including loading, cueing and playing programmes and trailers live to air from tape to server
Ensured all associated media such as subtitles, audio description, separate audio sources and in-vision sign language are correctly cached onto server
Recorded live incoming material and setting up satellite link and checking Outside Source (OS) availability for later playout.
Liaised with and attended production meetings with Editors, Creative Services, Access Services, Compliance and other clients.
Quality checked material and reported faults where required, according to specific guidelines laid down by clients
Directing the live show 'Good Food Live' from transmission suite
Currently I work as a broadcast producer for both BBC Sussex & Surrey on their sports output and have been so for four years. One of my particular skills is that I can drive a production desk in a studio and monitor the outside sources to ensure messages get sent to the relevant reporters and presenters. I also look after the online content which involves uploading audio to appear on the BBC Sport website.
Working as broadcast producer I have been left on my own to produce a four hour show on my own. This has enabled me to use my editorial judgement, to make decisions on how the sports show runs and I determine which content we go to next. I have also enabled to gain contacts in the industry which has served well in conducting interviews.
In the past have undertaken the role of the Broadcast Assistant role on the BBC Surrey breakfast show but most recently i have been trained up to use VCS and the production desk at BBC Radio London, I have been driving the Drivetime Show assisting with the production of the show. My main duties at both BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey are to look after the social media, using Facebook and Twitter to interact with the audience and upload relevant material. I also use the multimedia text console called Da Vinci during the sh
I issued employment contracts to overseas staff and ensuring their vendor details were set up on SAP system. My day was constantly kept busy by checking and actioning the high influx of emails. I ensures all the contacts were kept up to date and vendors were paid promptly, Time flew quickly in the office which I enjoyed because I thrive on keeping busy.
I learned how to prioritise my workload and became better at organising myself which was needed throughout this demanding role.
My manager worked alongside me but I was often kept to my own devices because he was frequently away attending meetings and seminars. I worked with a team of people which consisted of accountants and administrators who I enjoyed working with. The hardest part of my job and most challenging was that most tasks required deadlines and I was always able to meet them. The most enjoyable part was the my managers recognised my hard work and I received shop vouchers for my dedication. I also got complete satisfaction that I was able to provide a good customer service and receive praise for my hard efforts,
ProsFlexible hours (arrive late as 10am, leave 4pm and lunch whenever)
A great place to work. Learning and sharing thoughts and ideas with journalists and others from various parts of the world. Learnt new skills in programme production and publishing. Had the opportunity of understanding diverse cultures and enjoyed food from around the globe. A typical day would start with the editorial meeting within ourselves and on a regional to basis to discuss the news agenda of the day and then the production of the programme and subsequently putting it on Air. Post-broadcast, analyse the programme and discuss the next day's planning. The work culture basically centered around sharing thoughts and ideas, learning from each other, professionally arguing on editorial issues and occasionally going for a pint. The hardest part of the job was the challenges in getting the news quickly, correctly and putting it out immediately on air and publishing it and time management. The enjoyable part is the satisfaction of successful broadcast and seeing our story in print and the positive response to programmes and the appreciations.
ProsGaining knowledge on international affairs and news prodcution
The first thing i did whenever i got to work in the morning was go straight to the kitchenette for a coffee then back to my desk where the team was briefed about the days work and then reviews of the last work day. this took place for a maximum of 30 minutes only if there were pressing issues that had to tackled by all the members of team.
The team heads or head of departments were cordial to members of the team and maintained an approachable aura so that members of the team could ask questions that will enhance performance of duties.
The working experience there was very relaxed but with an underlying determination to achieve the optimum quality of outputs from all employees.
Even if it was not a must to wear corporate clothing, the employees were made to dress respectfully in corporate casual clothing. The work place consisted of an open work area with desks at intervals that indicated teams in various clusters. there were enclosed rooms too for the radio and television studios for the purpose of editing and refining and even sometimes recording valuable content.
The hardest part of the job was that I could not really relate with the team members as they already were familiar with each other by the time I got there and I was almost always left out.
The most enjoyable part of the job was that i got hands on training on the ropes of production of radio and television production and also inter/intra organisational liaison. Overall, i left the organisation as a better
Questions and answers about BBC
Dose the bbc offer jobs that comes with training
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Yes you have spend 6 weeks at their training facility in Dorset.
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Only weight lifting for the women and nail painting for men.
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By being different to the rest and getting noticed.
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My background check took 7 weeks and then after all that they had me deported back to south America.
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