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Radio broadcast assistant

Radio broadcast assistants help make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £29,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree, HND or college qualification in media and radio production. 

Qualifications in science or politics will be useful if you want to work on specialist radio productions.

You’ll usually also need paid or unpaid work experience. It will be useful to have a portfolio of your work to show employers. 

You could get relevant experience through:

BBC Careers has information on work experience opportunities.

You could train for a job in broadcast production through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • teamworking skills
  • research skills
  • technical and IT skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • researching programmes
  • booking guests, preparing contracts and arranging payment
  • booking studio time and equipment
  • typing scripts
  • producing programme logs and running orders
  • keeping track of costs
  • updating the programme or station’s website, blog or social media
  • archiving programme material
  • arranging and sending out competition prizes

If you work in production your day-to-day duties may include:

  • managing phone lines for phone-ins and competitions
  • timing shows
  • operating recording, editing and mixing equipment on pre-recorded or live
  • programmes ('driving the desk')
  • recording and editing programme trailers
  • writing things like links or quiz questions
  • managing phone lines for phone-ins and competitions

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £25,000

Highly Experienced: £29,000

If you’re freelance, you’ll usually negotiate a fee for each contract. 

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your hours may be irregular and include evenings, late nights and weekends, depending on the programme. You may often need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

You would work in offices and recording studios.

You may also have to travel locally or nationally for outside broadcasts (OBs). These could be in city centres or at events like concerts or festivals.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a radio producer, music programmer or a technical studio manager. 

You could move into television research or production.

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Last updated: 06 December 2016