The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff. Its main responsibility is to provide public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. The BBC is an autonomous public service broadcaster that operates under a Royal Charter and a Licence and Agreement from the Home Secretary. Within the United Kingdom its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, which is charged to all United Kingdom households, companies and organisations using any type of equipment to record and/or receive live television broadcasts; the level of the fee is set annually by the British Government and agreed by Parliament.
The Corporation's 'guaranteed' income from the licence fee and the World Service grants are supplemented by profits from commercial operations through a wholly owned subsidiary, BBC Worldwide Ltd. The company's activities include programme- and format-sales, magazines including the Radio Times and book publishing. The BBC also earns additional income from selling certain programme-making services through BBC Studios and Post Production Ltd., formerly BBC Resources Ltd, another wholly owned trading subsidiary of the corporation.
The BBC Graduate Scheme
The BBC does not run a formal graduate entry programme, preferring instead to hire staff as individual vacancies arise. Despite this, a significant number of recent graduates do join the BBC each year to work in engineering, finance, management, information technology, marketing, new media, research and development and broadcasting.
The BBC also offers unpaid work experience placements in most parts of the organisation, lasting from a few days to a maximum of four weeks. The BBC's headquarters and registered office is at Broadcasting House in Portland Place, Central London, but it is a truly national employer, with operations in most big towns and cities across the United Kingdom. A large number of staff are based in or around White City in West London, although BBC Sport, children's programmes and BBC Radio 5 Live are to move to Salford Quays in Greater Manchester in 2011.
What you need:
A degree and relevant experience is a must for the majority of positions.