Countryfile - Investigations Researcher

Job Reference: BBC/TP/275350/38065
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Full Time
Contract Details: FTC/Attachment
Salary: Within band
Closing Date: 14/04/2019
Job Category: Content Production
BBC Region / Division: BBC Studios
BBC Business Unit: Studios - Factual
Location: Bristol

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: FTC/Attachment
Location: Bristol

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to research the investigative, current affairs stories on Countryfile. Ideally you’ll be a journalist with a passion for rural affairs and getting to the heart of a story. You’ll have experience of digging out those stories that matter and finding exclusive story lines to bring fresh insight to the subject matter. 

Main Responsibilities

Working to the investigations producer, you'll play a crucial role in the investigations. Every week, 52 weeks of the year, Countryfile is at the centre of rural affairs television in the UK. BBC journalists Tom Heap and Charlotte Smith are the presenters who get to the heart of the stories which are being talked about in countryside. We want Countryfile to lead the news agenda, to dig more deeply than news can into stories which affect countryside and city alike. There are nearly 40 investigations a year – all at least 12 minutes long – which takes a lot of dedicated research. You will need to be tenacious, resilient and hard-working.

You'll be required to build relationships with the key players on the rural agenda and then use your contacts and journalistic ability to dig out exclusive stories for Countryfile which make TV gold. Knowledge of the countryside agenda is essential. Experience of factual TV is desirable but not essential. 

Are you the right candidate?


  • Good journalistic skills. 
  • Experience of delivering popular, hard-hitting current affairs. 
  • A good understanding of media law. 
  • A clear understanding of the countryside agenda and the Countryfile audience.
  • Knowledge of the main organisations and key players who shape the UK’s rural agenda - and an ability to engage with them effectively on behalf of the BBC. 
  • Exceptional communication skills for dealing with contributors and the ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Proven ability to understand complex information and translate it into compelling TV.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team. 
  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Organisation skills for scheduling shoots etc.
  • Proven knowledge of the BBC's editorial guidelines, H&S policy and archiving systems. 
  • Resilience, sensitivity in dealing with contributors and an ability to juggle a number of stories at any one time are also essential.


  • A strong grasp of how to source and clear archive material from within the BBC and from external sources is also required.
  • Camera skills.

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