A friend of mine works at the BBC. I’ve met a number of people who have also wanted to work for the BBC, but have failed to get in. The problem is that it’s one the most competitive organisations in the whole UK to get into, simply because everybody wants to do it.
So, unlike other industries, getting a job here is more matter of who you know. There are few ‘straight-forward’ application procedures. Assuming, like myself, you know nobody in the industry, the best thing to do is to get work experience.
Work experience is working for free, and is one of the few remaining forms of slavery in the UK. But it will help you get a job.
The BBC offer a work experience program, and you can apply online. For anybody who has applied to this, you will know how notoriously difficult and competitive getting in on this can be. To cut a long story short, you are wasting your time if you only apply to BBC work experience, because the odds of getting a placement are extremely low.
The trick is… don’t bother trying to work the BBC. Of course you should apply and make every effort, but the chance you will get in is low. The reason is because anybody who wants to work in any kind of broadcasting (and that’s a lot of people) are going to be applying to the BBC.
So, in addition to applying for the BBC, you should apply for work experience at the countless other independent organisations that are related to broadcasting. These include television studios, production studios, radio stations, news organisations and so on.
If you can secure a job at a place like this, you have your ‘in-road’ to working at the BBC. With 12-18 months experience working elsewhere, not only will you meet a lot of people, but now you are in a position to be employed by the BBC.
I’ve seen it done and it will be done again. No doubt the BBC might dispute this, but I do believe, in my opinion, this is the way it is.
Hope this helps,