Call For: Work Experience Opportunities in Northern Ireland


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BBC Northern Ireland employs more than 500 staff, working across TV, Radio & Online. We produce a high standard of locally originated programme output across a range of genres, from News, Factual Documentaries and Current Affairs to Events and Sport.

Working across many different strands of TV Radio and Online output enables work experience students a unique opportunity to experience the BBC across a wide range of genres and platforms.

Role Responsibility

These placements provide a “taster” experience of working within the BBC and broadcasting industry. It is aimed at individuals who want to work in the media and would like to find out more about the range of jobs potentially available. Candidates will have the opportunity to see television and radio production at first hand. Candidates will have the chance to spend time with those who produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the craft specialists who capture and post-produce it, along with the staff that provide engineering and IT support across all aspects of programme making and transmission.

The placement may involve spending time at outside broadcasts, single camera shoots, studio recordings or in edit or graphic design suites and will give candidates a good overview of the various aspects of both television and radio production.

Please note that some days might start early or finish late.

The Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest in either Radio or Television programme making and broadcasting.

Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills, be creative, adaptable and highly motivated. The ability to work well in a busy team is crucial. As well as needing an interest in broadcasting, candidates should have an awareness of BBC Northern Ireland and its local output.

Programme-making can be hectic and unpredictable and applicants should be confident that they will work well in such an environment.  Candidates should be prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas.


We welcome applicants from all educational backgrounds.  Candidates do not need to have a media qualification to apply but should be able to demonstrate their passion and genuine interest in broadcasting.

We have placements available in the following areas:


Connecting with BBC Radio Foyle (Foyle) – Successful candidates may spend time shadowing the staff working across various radio programmes in BBC Radio Foyle, from news to entertainment. Candidates may see the work that goes on behind the scenes and how each programme is produced.

Radio Foyle Production-  Successful candidates may get to work with the various programme teams where they can contribute to the production of the various radio shows, come up with ideas, carry out research, conduct vox pops and possible interviews, and even get yourself on air.


Irish Language Unit (over 18’s only) – Successful candidates may get to work with the Irish language radio teams primarily, preparing for the live show each evening gaining experience in research, setting up guest contributors and editing skills with the possibility of going out on location recording.

Marketing, Communications and Audiences (over 18’s only) – Successful candidates will be offered placements within the following 4 departments

Communications- May include writing copy for press releases and programme Information.

Audience Research- May include analysis of media data systems and report on across TV, Radio and Online.
Brand Marketing- May include on and off-air marketing of BBC NI content.

Creative Marketing- May include researching content material, editing, assisting on shoots and some graphics work.

Connecting with BBCNI (over 18’s only)- Successful candidates may get an opportunity to experience the world of Broadcasting and within programme making. During your placement you may spend time with the people who create, direct, produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the craft specialists who capture and post-produce it.

Technology Operations (Open to under 18’s) – Successful candidates may have the opportunity to observe the many aspects of support in broadcast technology including work in Maintenance, IT, News Operations and Technology Support Centre.

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, you’ll be asked to indicate your preferred placement in your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

Package Description

  • Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations – Belfast and Foyle
  • Opportunities available throughout February and March 2014
  • Opportunities available throughout February and March 2014



Call For: Extras for BBC’s Ripper Street


If you are Asian or Asian looking and want to be part of BBC’s Ripper Street, come along to the Mount Clare Hotel (4 Merrion St Lower, Dublin 2) between 2pm and 5pm on Wednesday April 17th.

Asian people of ALL ages needed. All work is paid. No experience is needed.

Please pass this onto anyone who may be interested.

If you are Asian and cannot make it along on Wednesday, please send your contact details, date of birth and two photos taken in the last two months


Call For: Writers for the BBC

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The BBC Drama Production Writers Academy 2012 are looking for 8 interesting and original writers. The aim is to find writers with a strong original voice. To succeed, you’ll need to be capable of creating believable characters and compelling storylines and communicating them through strong, emotional dialogue.

Your experience could be in film, TV, radio or theatre, but you must have had at least one professional (paid) drama commission. You’ll also demonstrate a passion for television drama, particularly BBC’s flagship shows.

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'Mrs Brown’s Boys' nominated for a BAFTA

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Situation Comedy category at this year’s awards. The comedy, which was a co-produced by RTÉ with the BBC, has proven to be a popular, both here and in the UK. Starring Brendan O’Carroll as Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown, it was first broadcast on RTÉ One at the beginning of the year. The comedy attracted an average audience of over 800,000 viewers, making it one of RTÉ Entertainment’s biggest successes of the year so far.

The show has also gone on to recieve large audiences on BBC One, with the last episode attracting 4.1 million viewers. RTÉ Television announced in March that the hugely popular sitcom would be re-commissioned for a second series.

Other nominees in the Situation Comedy category for the BAFTAs include Peep Show, Rev and The Trip. The BAFTAs ceremony will take place in London on 22nd May 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Mrs Brown’s Boys has also been nominated for the Best TV Comedy category in this year’s Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards. Along with Irish comedy/drama Trivia, Mrs Brown’s Boys will be competing in the comedy category against popular US shows such as 30 Rock, Glee and Modern Family. The winner will be announced in early June.


BBC’s Newsjack looking for Comedy Radio sketches

Series three of topical comedy sketch show, ‘Newsjack’, begins on Thursday 17th June for six weeks and they are once again holding an open call for new material.

Newsjack seeks to comically examine the news, views, and issues of the day. It aims to be irreverent and satirical, and is a showcase for new comedy writing, so anyone can submit material.

The production team read and select material on Monday and Tuesdays, the show is then rehearsed and recorded on Wednesday, edited on Thursday, and will be broadcast on Thursday nights.

Deadline for sketches is Monday, at noon and for one-liners is Tuesday, at 5:00pm and it is highly advised that people listen to the show before submitting work. Visit for further details.


BBC’s Film Network calling for Submissions

Film Network is the BBC’s short film showcase, screening short films from new British Filmmakers, with four new shorts every week.

The site also provides filmmakers with tools to create online profiles and exchange tips, advice and ideas and allows audiences to comment on and rate the films.

Submissions are suitable for Northern Irish filmmakers only, as entries must be made either in the UK, or by a UK director. However uploaded films are currently available to view from the Republic.

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