• Researcher - The Wright Stuff (18 Month FTC)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(08/06/2018 12:16)
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  • Overview

    Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.


    The Wright Stuff is a two-hour flagship daytime topical discussion programme on Channel 5. We are looking for an enthusiastic and tenacious researcher, bursting with ideas, to join this fast moving and exciting production. We want to be plugged into what people are talking about every day to make sure the programme is lively, relevant and having the right conversations. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible and are actively seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds.


    The researcher will be tasked with creating and developing programme ideas, thoroughly researching guests and topics, booking additional experts/guests, supporting the programme editor in all aspects of building the rundown and supporting the presenter with research on the morning of a show. The successful candidate will need to be proactive, organised, meticulous and thrive under pressure.


    • Pitch, plan and research discussion topics
    • Research and book guests/experts for discussions
    • Maintain knowledge and understanding of topical issues
    • Support the programme editor in all aspects of building a rundown, including scriptwriting, sourcing visuals and inputting graphics
    • Develop and maintain contacts
    • Think clearly and decisively, particularly when faced with unexpected problems
    • Assist the presenter and production team with research on show mornings, often under pressure
    • Ensure stories are accurate and comply with the law and relevant regulations
    • Deal professionally with members of the public and guests
    • Use AVID Newscutter to edit content for the show
    • Work in accordance with ITN guidelines on health and safety.


    • Previous experience in daily/topical shows is essential
    • Knowledge and experience of topical issues and current affairs
    • Editorially creative and imaginative
    • Strong research skills and pitching skills
    • The highest standards of accuracy and attention to detail around often complex and controversial material
    • Adept at working independently – a self-starter, comfortable at being stretched
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal/written/visual)
    • Ability to prioritise workload efficiently and manage multiple projects
    • Excellent writing ability
    • Highly organised and an effective multi-tasker
    • Calm under pressure with the ability to adapt and be flexible
    • Good interpersonal skills, team player with personal authority
    • Enthusiastic and passionate
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines
    • Experience of legal situations and understanding of ITN Legal Compliance procedures
    • Ability to edit pictures using Avid Newscutter would be desirable
    • Ability to demonstrate our company values – Trust, Innovative and Collaborative.


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