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Forward Planning AP, Crimewatch

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Assistant Producer, Crimewatch
BBC Wales Factual and Music, Cardiff
Grade 7D

Closing date: TBC

BBC Wales’ Factual and Music department produces a range of programmes for both local and network TV including the One Show, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Bargain Hunt, The Call Centre and Crimewatch.

We are looking for a Forward Planning Assistant Producer to work as part of our well established and highly regarded Crimewatch team.

The core responsibilities will include working closely with the Editor to ensure comprehensive forward planning of appeals and liaison with police forces across the UK. This involves the short-listing of potential appeals, wanted faces and CCTV elements of the main show and would largely be an office based role. There will be occasional directing opportunities as an Assistant Producer and you will be required to research, script, direct and edit items in an original and visual way.

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills for dealing with both internal and external high level contacts, a mature approach and the sensitivity to handle difficult and sometimes disturbing content. Experience of working with a range of contributors, an understanding of working with confidential data, drive, energy, enthusiasm and the ability to work with conflicting priorities and deadlines are also necessities. The right candidate should be flexible and diplomatic regarding sensitivities of the subject matter. You will have a very thorough understanding of legal and editorial guidelines and knowledge and experience of working on live studio productions and journalistic presenter-led output. Experience of organising single camera location shooting, drama reconstruction and post production would also be an advantage but not all essential.

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Working with the Editor and the production team to produce and source content for Crimewatch. To successfully manage relationships with police forces around the country.

To assist the Editor and the team through all stages of the production, from ideas and concept stage, through to live transmission.



To interpret ideas/stories in a way which demonstrates an understanding of the creative potential of the television/on-line medium and effectively conveys the intention, style and mood of the programme.
To proactively negotiate access and manage relationships outside the BBC including securing the cooperation and assistance of police forces around the country.

To show an ability for narrative story-telling when scripting prior to filming.

To produce, when directing or editing, dramatic and effective visual images, sounds and words which capture and convey the intention, style and mood of the programme in an engaging, logical, coherent, objective and sensitive fashion.

To demonstrate balanced and objective judgement and editorial decisions based on a thorough understanding of editorial guidelines, the relevant legal considerations, the target audience, programme and departmental objectives.

To proactively obtain accurate and interesting programme material by identifying and gathering relevant information from a range of sources, demonstrating a full understanding of the requirements, and knowledge of sources and research methodology.

To make judgements and selections appropriate to programme requirements whilst identifying key facts and trends and assessing accuracy and political sensitivity.

To think clearly and decisively, particularly when faced with unexpected problems and to take rational decisions based on a logical evaluation of the relevant factors, referring to a more senior level when necessary.

To plan and organise ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others, communicating effectively both orally and in writing whilst building and developing effective working relationships with a wide range of personalities

To establish clear objectives for implementing effective and economic production schedules; working systematically and efficiently within fixed transmission deadlines and paying attention to detail at all stages of the production.

To lead and motivate production teams, crews and contributors, by providing clear instructions, support, direction and feedback

To contribute original ideas for new programmes and productions and alternative ways of developing the Crimewatch brand and its specialisms.
To cooperate and assist in the production Crimewatch spin off programmes including Crimewatch Roadshow.
To work effectively in the run up to and during live transmissions. Collaborating with on-screen presenters, police officers and the production team.


Includes staying abreast of the latest techniques, news and current affairs as well as legislation, regulations, policies and procedures and their application in the jobholders professional field. Knowledge of related fields is included.

Experience of directing short films for broadcast

Experience of scripting short films for broadcast

Experience of taking short films through post-production

Awareness of different styles/approaches to programme making.

Is aware of the differing roles and requirements of each party involved - production team, crews, artists and contributors.

Is familiar with research techniques and sources (written, visual, audio).

Has current in-depth knowledge of subject area/specialism and target audience.

Is up-to-date with the relevant editorial guidelines and has substantial legal knowledge to produce journalistically robust films, items and features.

Is familiar with Health and Safety guidelines - procedures and responsibilities

Is familiar with Equal Opportunities guidelines, Conditions of Service and the appraisal process.

Is aware of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making ie artists' rights, copyright, music copyright, insurance requirements, working with children etc


Is familiar with budgets and costing systems, to the extent that these impact on daily activities.

Is familiar with the relevant computer/WP systems



The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and where necessary come up with creative solutions.

Decision Making - is ready and able to take initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of decisions.

Editorial Judgement - able to demonstrate balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of the project commissioning brief, audience requirements, project guidelines and objectives.

Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one's own organisation or job requirements.

Planning and Organising - able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements.

Team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Understanding Diversity - understands and appreciates the uniqueness of self and others. Demonstrates, and is committed to improving and understanding diversity. Able to articulate how individual differences can benefit the BBC.


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