Latest Radio/Audio Jobs

Here is my selection of the latest vacancies across radio in the UK and abroad.

Let me know if you would like to apply as I can help improve your CV and application. Check the mentoring section here for some amazing feedback from clients.

Programme Director for talkSPORT: http://bit.ly/2Hukdwt

Senior Editor Classical Music for Spotify in London: http://bit.ly/2Hl9fJT

Breakfast Producer for Heart in Exeter: http://bit.ly/2HkczVz

Assistant Producer (Video) Capital Breakfast (London): http://bit.ly/2E1ZglT

Broadcast Journalist with Global in Birmingham: http://bit.ly/2puBQ4p

On-Air Editor for Global: http://bit.ly/2oUb6K3

Senior Broadcast Journalist with Global in Cambridge: http://bit.ly/2jfFDm2

Broadcast Journalist for Global in Bristol: http://bit.ly/2qwTe8f

Regional News Editor for Global (South Region): http://bit.ly/2FoaLKc

Commercial Video Producer for Global: http://bit.ly/2G0Cqx4

Trainee Multimedia Journalist for Celador in Southampton: http://bit.ly/2rBiiLP

Broadcast Journalist for William Hill: http://bit.ly/2IwyWXj

Senior Broadcast Journalist for William Hill in Leeds: http://bit.ly/2KXhKZo

Production Management Assistant at BBC Sport in Salford: http://bit.ly/2w2ljdD CD: 13/05

Researcher for BBC Music Day: http://bit.ly/2KwIb8o CD: 13/05

Online Assistant Producer BBC Music Day: http://bit.ly/2w5WA8m CD: 13/05

Journalist (News Reporter) for BBC Radio Leeds: http://bit.ly/2refJ29 CD: 15/05

Senior Journalist for BBC Wales: http://bit.ly/2I0aNcm CD: 15/05

Senior News Editor for BBC Wales Political Unit: http://bit.ly/2wwuX8G CD: 16/05

Demonstrator in Audio Production Bournemouth University: http://bit.ly/2Hf2Uzk CD: 16/05

Freelance Audio Producer for Beep Imaging: http://bit.ly/2IjsW4j CD: 18/05

Senior Audio Producer for The Economist (relisted): http://bit.ly/2KJU5LV CD: 19/05

Audio Producer for The Economist (relisted): http://bit.ly/2rrqE8G CD: 19/05

Broadcast Journalist for Entertainment News: http://bit.ly/2r0wuPc CD: 23/05

Tutor for Radio Production at HMP Pentonville: http://bit.ly/2wwz9VH CD: 23/05

Reporter for BBC Scotland in Edinburgh: http://bit.ly/2IvTsY9 CD: 24/05

Trainee Producers for Bauer City Network: http://bit.ly/2IwU2oF CD: 25/05

Director for BBC England: http://bit.ly/2wwECfc CD: 29/05

Breakfast Presenter for Sunrise: http://bit.ly/2HW5bQq CD: 29/05

Experienced Presenters for Sunrise: http://bit.ly/2rsnH7Z CD: 29/05

Managing Editor for Manx Radio: http://bit.ly/2vTo7d1 CD: 08/06

Freelance Journalist at 2BR in Lancashire: http://bit.ly/2Gt0RnR CD: 14/06

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Latest TV/Video Jobs

Here is my selection of the best vacancies across TV in production and journalism, plus video opportunities too.

Let me know if you would like to apply as I can help improve your CV and application. Check the mentoring section above for some amazing feedback from clients:

Junior Editor Amuse at Vice UK: http://bit.ly/2qgHpmC

Content Editors at ITV News (Talent Pool): http://bit.ly/2hUgfks

Freelance Digital Journalist at ITV (freelance): http://bit.ly/2FWvSji

Casting Researcher for The Jeremy Kyle Show: http://bit.ly/2GQOghJ

Multimedia Editor with NOW TV (Sky): http://bit.ly/2GQwFlA

Reporter / Producer for Reuters: https://tmsnrt.rs/2EQTrKi

News Assistant at CNBC: http://bit.ly/2EIS0N4

Freelance Programming Director for Bloomberg: http://bit.ly/2vTQMi7

Editorial Assistant at Perform (News) in Feltham: http://bit.ly/2GTuemQ

Producer (News) with Perform in Feltham: http://bit.ly/2wfhG44

Executive Producer Multi Sport with Perform (DAZN) in Leeds: http://bit.ly/2v8Uior

Head of Live Sports for Red Bull Media: http://win.gs/2DrpLB5

Assistant Producer for At The Races: http://bit.ly/2GUVf8n

Producer for The Economist Educational Foundation: http://bit.ly/2pWMVeS

Head of Video at Deadline Digital in Barnsley: http://bit.ly/2qNg2Br

Central Editor for Made Television in Leeds: http://bit.ly/2HEc2NA

Producer / Director at Chelsea FC: http://bit.ly/2ulTbh6 CD: 06/05

Production Manager for Golfing World: http://bit.ly/2HnHDUh CD: 06/05

Senior Journalist – Network – BBC Scotland: http://bit.ly/2r7fiGP CD: 07/05

Lecturer(s) in Media & Communications at University of Huddersfield : http://bit.ly/2Gn0BsU CD: 07/05

Senior Video Producer for England Rugby Football Union: http://bit.ly/2vWsQus CD: 07/05

Output Producer for ITN in London: http://bit.ly/2qXjcSB CD: 08/05

Videographer for Lawn Tennis Association: http://bit.ly/2HU77rX CD: 08/05

Producer (Features) for Good Morning Britain: http://bit.ly/2r61HQ8 CD: 10/05

Senior Journalist (s) for BBC Scotland 9 O’clock news: http://bit.ly/2HZuUGK CD: 10/05

Senior Journalist (s) for BBC Scotland (newsgathering): http://bit.ly/2vRrhOp CD: 10/05

Camera Journalist for BBC Scotland 9 O’clock News: http://bit.ly/2w0wXFE CD: 10/05

Journalist (s) for BBC Scotland 9 O’clock News: http://bit.ly/2HzuNCo CD: 16/05

Freelance Correspondent for Bloomberg in London: http://bit.ly/2EU8Kju CD: 16/05

Social Media Producer for Sky News: http://bit.ly/2wfOFp1 CD: 17/05

Presenter for Alaraby Television in London: http://bit.ly/2HyumEr CD: 17/05

Journalist/Producer for BBC Russian Service in London: http://bit.ly/2vxqmCC CD: 17/05

Freelance Development Producer at ITN: http://bit.ly/2reZx0o CD: 20/05

Freelance Producers / Assistant Producers at Immediate Media: http://bit.ly/2HqPFfa  CD: 23/05

Output Editor at Alaraby Television: http://bit.ly/2r5M6jp CD: 25/05

Senior Interview Producer for Alaraby Television: http://bit.ly/2r07esk CD: 25/05

Senior / Broadcast Journalists at KMTV in Kent: http://bit.ly/2r37h5z CD: 25/05

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Windsor Theatre Royal

There is no doubt for anyone putting on a production of this Oscar Wilde classic that the cast will have a great time. And this latest staging from the Original Theatre Company is no exception. Susan Penhaligon, for example, as Miss Prism seems to be so immersed in the excellent pomposity of her role, that if the wind changed direction she could stay in character!

Of course the key for any show is that the audience enjoy it as much as the actors. The balance hear is just about right with Peter Sandys-Clarke revelling in the absurdity of Jack Worthing’s web of lies, while Thomas Howes lights up the stage as Algernon Moncrieff. The only criticism is that Gwen Taylor’s Lady Bracknell doesn’t quite carry that fearsome matriarchal spirit you feel she should. Most of the best lines go to her but a few are delivered more with a smile than a frown. The famous ‘a handbag’ moment is almost thrown away and you sense the slight disappointment from the audience.

This is a smooth and simple rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest, but with a few gentle tricks that lift the show. There’s a lovely opening silent movie style segment, where the butler and maid dust and tidy to a distant piano. Their moves are delightfully timed across a classy looking set.

Wilde’s most famous play is as hilarious as it is scathing of Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Much of it is not so much a portrayal of love and dishonesty but more of a commentary on social dissatisfaction and modernity. Much of it still hits home in 2018. The line about education failing to lessen the divide between rich and poor seems particularly pertinent. This staging can be enjoyed for both these deeper observations as well as its utter stupidity. It’s an honest rendition and given the title – that is hugely important!

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Why Journalism Should Reclaim ‘Fake News’ From Donald Trump

This month saw the very origins of fake news; April Fools’ Day. Newspapers, radio and some TV love a good April fool. Making up a story that is so ridiculous some believe it, before a face palm moment after a check of the date. Obviously this is not where fake news started but the meaning of those two words has changed dramatically since it’s become part of the everyday journalism lexicon.

I recently attended an interesting discussion at Sky News about fake news and more pertinently, Donald Trump’s influence on the term. Since he became US President he has used fake news as a way to dismiss reporting he disagrees with. It’s been a clever strategy (or am I being too kind to Trump?). So vehement has he been with the use of the phrase, most people now use it for exactly the same reason.

Other prominent figures have followed. Jeremy Corbyn even used it to dismiss claims of disquiet in his shadow cabinet. That’s not fake news; that’s just political rumour and mischief. Very different to how fake news started in my eyes, with those ludicrous ‘Hillary Clinton is an alien’ type articles that appeared on social media. Mocked up articles made to look real that were initially funny then just another reason to turn off my Facebook feeds. That WAS fake news.

As Donald Trump has settled into the White House he’s manipulated the usage of the term so that people can easily dismiss journalism as fake news and deflect attention and focus. Like so much of the rhetoric from Washington lately, it’s a crude weapon against perfectly fair questioning.

But like many others I do not believe that Trump is or has been bad for journalism and the media. Quite the opposite. Sky News even created a Donald Trump tab on its website to collect all the content. He creates material almost daily and we in the media feed on it. Sometimes he even seems to create his own fake news without realising!

That debate at Sky News asked whether trust in journalism had fallen – with research indicating that it remains constant; constantly low. We are not a profession held in high regard by much of the public and that will probably never change. Journalism rates about the same as politicians, not something to be proud of.

What I’m thinking is that journalism should reclaim fake news and its meaning. Instead of letting people get away with dismissing rumour and accusation as fake news we throw it back and don’t let them use this flippant escape. Source stories properly; challenge politicians and officials and hit back at this lazy ‘fake news’ repost. I’d also really love to hear fake news said a lot less in the media, it has to be one of the most annoying terms since, err, Brexit. Better not get me started on that though.

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Video Killed The Football Star

I have a feeling that football is about to enter one of the most critical points of its history. The game’s lawmakers have approved the international use of Video Assistant Referees – VAR – and the technology will now likely be seen at the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. I have long thought it strange that the world’s most watched sport has not used technology to help officials get the decisions right and the introduction of goal line technology has proved how effective it can be.

However, I have real concerns the game could be about to take a path that causes irreversible damage to its reputation and permanently dent its huge popularity. The death knell for the football bubble has been forecast many times before but VAR could be the pin that pops that bubble. After this week’s FA Cup tie at Wembley, Tottenham’s Danny Rose described the system as shambolic and a disgrace. Half of players in Germany seem to agree with him and don’t want it continued there.

Managers have also expressed a dislike for VAR, as they queue up to suggest it ruins the flow of the game. This is partly true, but when you think the ball is out of play for at least a third of most matches this argument seems weak. There is also a strong case to say the system needs to be tested properly before we make a judgement. Other sports experienced problems early on but now use video widely for reviews. But other sports are other sports; the lessons might not translate to football.

The reason I say this is that technology cuts to the heart of football, or at least the reason why I fell in love with the game. The atmosphere. That moment of absolute joy when your team scores or an opposition penalty is saved. Of course you cast a quick eye to the linesman and check his flag but the celebration is uninhibited and utterly joyous. It’s an escape. I have climbed over people, run down steps, and hugged strangers when Reading have scored critical goals (and yes, before you say it, there have been a few!).

How will those moments be in this dystopian world I foresee though? A goal is scored and instead of a quick check to the referee or assistant, you are wondering whether 15 seconds later it will be ruled out. Right now every goal is checked and that means every time someone scores there will be doubt in my mind. The air is sucked out of the moment; that instant joy is lost. Because it’s the fans that are being ignored with this technology. We don’t even get to hear what’s being reviewed and why. There is no big screen replay and many grounds do not have that facility anyway.

In cricket, umpires now always review a run out it seems. They know the technology is there and therefore play safe. But bad decisions are still made. Human error still occurs. The stats suggest ‘correct’ decisions went up from 93 percent to 98 percent in football with VAR but is it really worth that 5 percent? I might be over reacting and foreseeing doom and gloom when there’s no need but for me fans are the game; we are the ones that make football special. Players score and run to us; they sing songs in winning dressing rooms that the fans have sung at them; TV games with excited crowds and great atmosphere are always much better to watch. Kill that and you kill the game. Video technology may bring fewer errors but it might bring with it greater problems. The fans may be forgotten. Do that and the game dies.

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Knowing your sport – it’s not just a hobby for a newsreader

TMS window at Lord’s

Reading a very insightful blog about radio news recently there was a reference to sport coverage and that the writer would treat this separately. It’s not unusual to have different rules or advice for covering sport and what we deem ‘normal’ news. However, over the years I have noticed a propensity for news journalists to rather easily dismiss the world of sport. I have often been told ‘I don’t really understand sport’ with the inference they won’t have to worry about it. It’s not with pride they say it but nevertheless they are not shy to admit it.

Imagine though if I said the same thing about politics. Would it be acceptable for me to dismiss every story from Westminster just because I don’t understand or care about it? Of course not. What if I said that about crime stories? My role as a journalist – and particularly one that works in radio – is to embrace all news. That includes everything. So not just current affairs but sport as well. Entertainment often gets treated in the same way. Easily dismissed as gossip rather than news. But big showbiz stories need the same respect as ‘hard news’. Likewise big sport stories.

If you are working in a newsroom where sport will be significant, you need to make even more of an effort to embrace it. When I worked at Fox FM in the 1990s, Formula One was of huge importance because Silverstone was in the area, as were a number of the teams’ headquarters. Often a journalist would join the radio station and know nothing about F1. But it was their job to research it, perhaps watch it and try to understand it. I have always been interested in lots of sport and therefore have had to work harder at getting a grip on some other aspects of news. I would expect the same from journalists who feel more comfortable in the world of politics but have to also include sport in their bulletins.

Radio news can feel very transient as we read a few words and move on. But you still have to understand what you are saying and writing. You can be sure sports fans are more likely to notice (and then tell you via social media) if you say a team name or a player name wrong than people will pick up on someone saying Istanbul’s the capital of Turkey. In the 2018 multi platform newsroom environment it is not just different skills that we need to learn but also a broader subject area. One day you can be leading the news with a prime minister resigning but the next day with a football manager being sacked. News is news – and that includes sport.

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The Case of The Frightened Lady – Windsor Theatre Royal

So just who is the frightened lady of this Edgar Wallace thriller? In a way, just like the killer and the motives, that perhaps does not become clearer until the closing moments of this Roy Marsden directed play. Whether that’s deliberate or not is open to debate. Or perhaps the lady in question just doesn’t seem frightened enough. That’s part of my initial concerns with this production; I just wasn’t quite convinced by everyone.

There is a very strong cast, with Rula Lenska as the domineering Lady Lebanon and Gary O’Brien as the sleuthing Chief Superintendent Tanner, as well as the likes of Glenn Carter, Philip Lowrie and April Pearson. As the first stop on this UK tour, perhaps there are some rough edges to smooth but the air of mystery that Marsden was so expert in when performing as PD James’ Adam Dalgliesh is somehow missing.

Edgar Wallace was a prolific writer of these types of mysteries and is known as the creator of the modern thriller. Although I think ‘modern’ is now being kind. This is set in 1932 at the stately home of the Lebanon family, where power and wealth is celebrated but both have already corrupted. The play has that Agatha Christie feel and certainly appeals to an audience that like their thrillers on the safer side. A more ‘modern’ twist would treat this class commentary more edgily. But there are nice touches to underline how society was structured pre-Second World War.

We eventually become clear as to who the frightened lady is and perhaps more importantly, why. The wood getting clearer as the trees are slowly diminished; do not expect the first dead body to be the last. All this under the very watchful eye of Tanner, who seems to have open and 24 hour access to the Lebanon home. The pace is kept up with clever movement through the stage, with the actors seemingly stuck in revolving doors for the first half an hour. All this makes the play rather fun and despite those rough edges, an entertaining couple of hours.

 

 

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Classy radio that is continually underrated

In radio training a key acronym that I was taught and is still as pertinent two decades later is KISS; keep it simple stupid (or similar versions). The premise is obvious but often the best and most magical moments of radio are when things are kept to their simplest.

Back in October I attended the Arias, where the industry recognises some of that great radio from the past twelve months. Often the winners have just done the simple things well. Often though that is easier said than done. But a show that seems to always miss out on this kind of recognition is talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs afternoon programme.

Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs have been presenting on talkSPORT for almost 20 years, with a show that is always funny and engaging. But over the years, the quality of this programme has been disgracefully ignored by radio’s awards ceremonies. To keep making you laugh after all this time deserves great credit to Paul and Andy obviously, but also the various teams that have worked with them. Sometimes a little freshen up has been needed but the fundamentals have stayed the same.

And what does that mean? Well radio works best when you connect and to do that you have to be yourself. Paul and Andy have great chemistry. Like many successful duos in entertainment, their personalities dovetail perfectly. Paul is the quick witted one, while Andy plays the curmudgeon brilliantly (we know he’s not playing). The opening ten minutes of each show are always a giggle.

There is also the right amount of piss taking, bringing me to the much loved ‘clips of the week’ they do every Friday. I’ve written before about how commercial radio can often do things the BBC can’t. And this is a perfect example. Clips of the Week is a selection of newsreader gaffs, sport reporter mistakes and largely Alan Brazil or Mike Parry mispronunciations (Fishermen’s Blues is also a regular nominee). It’s always hilarious. Taking yourself too seriously is sadly an art form at the BBC and many presenters and shows would be better off for having the ability to laugh at yourself.

At the BBC can you imagine a programme collecting on air mess ups by the star names? There’d be a BBC policy paper detailing the outrage and unions would demand respect for the ‘talent’. At talkSPORT it’s received as it should; with the ability to laugh at yourself. It’s a favourite feature of my wife who falls well outside the target audience for the station. In fact she enjoys the whole show. As she put it herself, they don’t always talk about football but when they do it doesn’t have that familiar footy banter feel that can exclude people. The guests are often interestingly different and embrace the show’s style and humour.

And this brings me back to that acronym, KISS. Keeping things simple in radio is imperative, but that doesn’t mean taking no risks or being bland. And simple does not mean avoiding being clever or creative. Just remember not to over complicate and understand the audience and your talents’ best skills. Hawksbee and Jacobs have delivered quality radio based on this for two decades and deserve wider recognition for that. The categories at awards like the Arias (the Sonys as was) does not help but had this been a BBC show you can be sure the plaudits would be queuing up and the awards mounting up!

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Why changing local BBC’s audience targeting might be a mistake

 

When Tony Hall spoke to staff at BBC local radio recently outlining how the Corporation will change its focus for the stations, there were some encouraging thoughts. Value seemed to be attributed to the network despite previous indications the BBC felt it was just a drain on resources.

A broadening of the audience was established – making BBC local radio for all. A fine idea and not without merit. The commercial sector has increasingly deserted local programming to save money, leaving a gap for the BBC to exploit or community stations to try and fill. There is an audience there and it makes sense to try and serve it.

But the audience I feel it should focus on is the 40 and over; this is the generation that is attuned to traditional radio and constantly ignored by most commercial brands. Widening the remit to younger listeners is a fine intention but hard to get right and harder to achieve. Trying to be something to everyone inevitably ends up being something to no one.

On top of this changing audience and changing content, local BBC stations need to become more of an exhilarating place to work. Not filled with lifetime jobbers and empire builders but younger, hungrier talent that needs to use the platform to hone their skills before a national progression. It is true this does happen at the better local stations (often those in bigger towns or cities with a real ‘identity’) but in many there are people grazing or worse. Too many shows are done by ‘names’ or people that have been there too long.

Tony Hall’s speech is encouraging and there is now a real hope that staff across the local network may feel more valued. The direction it takes though needs to be chosen carefully. There is a growing older audience which would appreciate being served by a strong local radio brand. I think this is where the BBC should spend our money. It should invest in areas the commercial sector will no longer go. I hope it does.

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Knowing When To Quit Is Never Easy

TMS window at Lord’s

In the last few weeks two ‘legends’ of sport commentary have either retired or announced they’re about to; or as the journalist cliche goes, they are ‘hanging up their microphones’. So farewell it will be to John Motson, who’s leaving us at the end of this football season and there was a goodbye to Henry Blofeld at Lord’s in that final test against the West Indies.  I was touched by the reception Blowers got as he completed his last commentary slot, with the crowd at Lord’s breaking out into applause (to the confusion of the players on the field).

This reception says a lot about Blowers, the affection in which Test Match Special is held and also the nature of cricket fans. Supporters of cricket, and the test format in particular, are a unique brand of sports fans. They treasure everything that makes the long form of the sport great and that includes someone like Blofeld. His fascination with buses and birds was a part of the TMS fabric as much as the cricket itself. I know many listeners to TMS that don’t even like cricket. It is as quintessentially English as afternoon tea or rain on a summer’s day, and his chitter chatter was a special ingredient.

But I have a confession. In recent years, whenever Blofeld would take over the microphone, I would have to switch off. I became frustrated at the slightly bumbling nature of the commentary. Fielders and batsman would be mis-named and important moments would get lost. This brings me to fellow retiree John Motson. He too has been guilty in the latter years of his career of making a few mistakes and not being quite as ‘on it’. What has also happened in both cases is that they have become caricatures of themselves. Motson’s statistics would become what defined him, along with that weird chuckle. Blofeld’s watching of planes, trains and cranes began to dominate his commentary.

I have never been a huge fan of Motson, but he was undoubtedly groundbreaking with his research about teams, in the era before a quick Google would answer most questions. His passion for the game was also evident, as with Blofeld, and I think that’s why both have lasted so long. But when do you decide to quit? Blowers is nearing his 78th birthday, while Motson is 72; ages at which most of us will hope to have been long retired. I am not necessarily being ageist and saying they couldn’t do the job, but almost certainly younger people coming through can now do it better. TMS is littered with classy broadcasters who have moved commentary on from the era of Blowers.

Motson says he knew when to quit and I respect him for that but I felt he lost his mojo some years ago. He has sounded ‘old’ to me for sometime. On the other hand Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler is only a year younger but does not sound 71 years’ old. Soon though he may too decide that it’s time to go before he’s pushed. That’s where broadcasters need to be brave and make changes before the quality is lost. Peter Alliss still appears on the golf coverage on the BBC, in his mid 80s. But he sounds out of date and of a different era. No longer is his voice a soothing piece of nostalgia. He just sounds old.

All these voices have their time and we hold them in a special place, partly because of the moments they are fortunate to commentate on – pieces of history – but there is also a point when they begin to tire. Knowing when to quit is never easy and I respect Blofeld and Motson for their decisions to walk away when others would have carried on. But, my dear old friend, they have both had a good (career) innings.

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