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An experienced Producer currently working on the Robert Elms programme, the show on BBC Radio London with the highest and most consistent listener figures. Has a track record in creating original and interactive content for live radio, often to a tight deadline. Thorough understanding of current Social Media trends and how to enhance listener experience through added content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Followers on Twitter have tripled since I started working on the programme and Facebook followers have doubled. A strong reputation for diligence and hard work across different sectors of the BBC, as a freelancer my work took me to Today and PM on Radio 4, plus Vanessa Feltz and Drivetime on BBC Radio London. Key strengths include formidable organisational skills, thorough research and planning and a wealth of valuable contacts.
As the sole producer on the Robert Elms Saturday show I develop and make content for a 3-hour programme every weekend. I am responsible editorially for the planning and production of all creative content on the show, and for the management of an Assistant during the live programme. Content includes live interviews, live music sessions, pre-recorded audio, packages, live reports and news. I identify contributors and assess their suitability to appear on air, whilst making sure the programme fulfils the station's remit. I manage the Instagram feed, the Twitter feed and the Facebook page for the show. Recent guests have included Irvine Welsh on his latest book, live music from keyboard legend Lonnie Liston Smith and live reports from the Chelsea Fringe at Vauxhall City Farm.
As an Assistant Producer my role is extremely hands-on and also very varied. I pitch stories and book guests on a wide array of topics, researching those topics and briefing the guests and presenter as well, in fact I was recently invited back to my university to teach a masterclass on just that. Dealing with different types of people is a huge part of my job, from callers phoning in to the station to BBC management to my presenter in the newsroom. I have administration tasks to complete, such as managing the day-to-day running of the show, publishing engaging social media posts and ensuring all paperwork is up to date. I studio produce the programme, so I’m technically able and I’m aware of new computer programmes. Overall the job requires adaptability, teamwork and the ability to take on lots of tasks at once.
I was a Broadcast Assistant for a wide variety of programmes across both stations, including Today and PM on Radio 4. My responsibilities included: ensuring the smooth running of the show, dealing with the presenters needs, coming up with relevant new ideas for content, dealing with callers, and all in a pressurised and fast paced environment. I was responsible for all the guests on those important global news programmes; making sure they arrived on time, co-ordinating their transport and making their studio bookings. Other responsibilities included dealing with presenters and high profile guests, logistics management and phone answering.