Programme Researcher

A programme researcher provides support to the producer and production team.
Work Responsibilities

The variety and type of work carried out by a researcher depends on individual producers and the companies that employ them.

Depending on the size and type of employer, you may carry out specific research-based tasks or you might expand into more production-based activities.

In radio, broadcasters do elements of their own programme research, assisted by the producers and researchers. Researchers in radio contribute to the development of websites that enhance programme delivery.

Entry Requirements 

This area of work is open to all graduates, as work experience and contacts often count for more than your degree subject. Nevertheless, a degree in one of the following subjects may increase your chances:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Broadcasting and media
  • Design
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Theatre 
Skills and Interests 

You will need:

  • To generate new ideas and accommodate other peoples' ideas
  • To be resourceful and motivated
  • Excellent written communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Visual thinking and the ability to be adaptable yet methodical
  • The capability to work well in a team and under pressure
  • Strong IT and research skills
  • An instinct for a good story
  • Confidence and patience
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical principles in relation to the media and copyright, as well as health and safety procedures  


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