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Programme Coordinator, News and Current Affairs (12mth FTC)

Posted: 7 May 2021 Closes: 14 May 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time CHL_VN446

Job Title: Programme Coordinator
Reports to: Head of News and Current Affairs and Sport
Department: News and Current Affairs
Location: London

The department is responsible for commissioning a wide range of current affairs programmes including Channel 4 News, Dispatches, Unreported World, documentaries,current affairs films, studio programmes and series. The programmes must simultaneously reach broad audiences and reinforce our public service remit.

  • Project manage the journey of programmes from point of commission through to delivery and beyond.
  • Assist Commissioning Editors with all programme paperwork and support, and have a detailed knowledge of department output.
  • Manage all relevant Editorial/Compliance processes, including organising sign off with Commissioning Editors and other associated departments from across the channel.
  • Responsible for smooth functioning of News and Current Affairs at all levels; attending meetings, distributing ratings, and liaising on awards.
  • Accountable for the best working practice and systems in News and Current Affairs
  • Help manage the programme delivery process, liaising with relevant teams on any last minute changes/delivery problems
  • Track and manage the progress of different commissioning projects, as well as liaising with other channel departments including scheduling, press, programme management, marketing, presentation and legal
  • Manage legal and Commissioning Editor sign offs to meet weekly press deadlines
  • Track and coordinate all incoming proposals and new pitch ideas to the department, including allocation to the correct Commissioning Editor
  • Set up and manage all systems in the department, including compliance processes, to help improve efficiency
  • Review all of the department's materials delivered for broadcast at the earliest opportunity, alerting Commissioning Editors and relevant parties of any issues
  • Complete Programme Certifications and Language Forms for all department output, and communicating Warning/Flagging and Support details
  • Responsibility, alongside the Commissioning Editor, for editorial/compliance issues on specified series, always referring any issues to legal & compliance as and where appropriate
  • Track ratings and performance of programmes, distributing to the team as required
  • Act as custodian of department's archive (Commissions, Pre-Purchases and Licences), including monitoring schedules for repeats across all platforms, re-watching materials
  • as required, and communicating with key areas on post-transmission contributor issues and other potential matters which require action
  • Supervise compliance and other necessary edits of department's output as required
  • Manage our programme submissions into eligible awards, including liaising with various production companies to finalise entries
  • Mandatory attendance at regular editorial and compliance training sessions

Technical and Professional Skills
  • Advanced MS Office skills - Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • High level of organisation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience of handling confidential material
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of TV production process including compliance and press and publicity
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code
  • Demonstrable interest in television and the media
  • Some video editing skills are not essential, but would be desirable
Person Specification
  • Solid experience in a demanding, fast paced environment
  • Keen interest in News and Current Affairs
  • Demonstrated experience of multi-tasking and project managing several assignments at once, prioritising and working efficiently under pressure
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships at all levels of seniority, both internally and externally
  • Good communication skills
  • To have and use initiative, but also be able to respond to orders and have a willingness to do whatever is required, however mundane
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work effectively without supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills. Ability to be part of a team, work well with others in an open-plan department and deal politely with visitors from other companies
  • Possess a keen attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Flexibility, patience, perseverance and commitment to get the job done
  • Methodical approach to monitoring projects
  • Punctual at all times
SalaryCompetitiveApplication questions to complete
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document.
Please outline how you meet the 'Essential Experience & Skills' outlined in the Job Description (Max 500 words)

BenefitsThere are a million reasons why it's great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;
•26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
•Company funded Private Medical Insurance
•A generous Group Personal Pension
•Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!Applications Close Date17 May 2021
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