A Day in the Life: Radio Producer

Published: Aug 01, 2020

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Ros Smith is a producer on BBC School Report. She has worked across BBC radio, including the BBC3 show for children Big Toe and, on Radio 4, Woman's Hour. There is no such thing as a typical day she says, but here she describes a day on School Report.

9:30 AM:The first thing I do is check my emails. The project I am working on at the moment involves working with 120 schools, so there will be enquiries from teachers that need urgent attention. I am also linking up teachers with BBC members of staff.

10:30 AM: We usually have a project meeting in the morning. These are usually quite long because there is a lot to cover from school output to the website.

12:00 PM: I take half an hour for lunch.

12:30 PM: I check emails again and deal with enquiries that have come in during the morning. Most of then involve basic enquiries but some of it can be about problem solving as I am the main point of contact between the BBC and teachers involved in the project.

2:00 PM: I work with the web person in the afternoon getting copy together for the site and putting it into web pages. Sometimes I will go and visit a school at this time. It varies every day.

4:00 PM: I edit down interviews done with teachers and school children that have been recorded for downloading onto the web page.

6:30 PM: I usually work late and rarely get home before seven but I enjoy the work and the variety it offers.