TARGETjobs black logo
Programme researchers organise, plan and coordinate the production of television and radio programmes and undertake relevant background research.

They make sure that television and radio programmes are as entertaining and well-informed as possible.

What does a programme researcher do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Typical responsibilities include:

  • generating programme ideas
  • gathering, fact-checking and presenting relevant information, facts and figures
  • organising meetings and interviews with appropriate people
  • writing and editing briefing notes and scripts
  • conducting interviews
  • briefing programme presenters
  • booking production equipment and staff
  • preparing cost accounts.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to work under pressure and to deadlines. The industry is dominated by short-term contracts, making for a varied and interesting working life.

Typical employers of programme researchers

Programme researchers are employed by independent production companies and television, radio and cable companies. Experienced researchers may be able to obtain freelance work.

Opportunities are advertised via the internet, national newspapers and specialist publications such as Campaign, Broadcast and their respective websites. Networking, job shadowing and speculative applications are advisable.

Qualifications and training required

There are routes into this profession for both university graduates and school leavers.

A degree in any discipline is acceptable for entry, although a relevant qualification in journalism, English, public relations, media studies, history or similar may be preferred. Specialist knowledge may be necessary for some positions. A postgraduate journalism qualification can be helpful for graduates without relevant degrees.

To find out how to get into a career in this area via a school leaver route, visit TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers.

Key skills for programme researchers

  • Enthusiasm
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Organisational skills
  • Administrative skills
  • IT skills

Next: search internships and graduate jobs

Supported by

This describes editorially independent and objective content, written and edited by the GTI content team, with which the organisation would like to be associated and has provided some funding in order to be so. Any external contributors featuring in the article are independent from the supporter organisation and contributions are in line with our non-advertorial policy.

Advertising feature by

This describes content that has been written and edited in close collaboration with the organisation, who has funded the feature; it is advertising. We are committed to upholding our ethical values of transparency and honesty when dealing with students and feel that this is the best way not to deceive consumers of our content. The content will be written by GTI editors, but the organisation will have had input into the messaging, provided knowledge and contributors and approved the content.

In Partnership

This content has been written or sourced by AGCAS, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, and edited by TARGETjobs as part of a content partnership. AGCAS provides impartial information and guidance resources for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals.

Did you know that members with full profiles are more likely to get direct messages from employers?

Don't miss this great opportunity. Register now
Top