Tax and HMRC

Some four years ago, rumours began circulating that an accountant specialising in media freelancers had been raided by HMRC.  It was true:  HMRC confiscated all the company’s files, whether paper or on computer, and started writing to all the company’s clients insisting that they had been underpaying tax for years and must now review their accounts.

Unbelievably, the case continues.  A trial which ended four months ago resulted in a hung jury on the substantive points and HMRC is believed to be preparing to retry the case.   We have not named the company because of the ongoing legal action.

The Watercooler became the only permanent source of advice and support for around 4000-5000 clients, and a community of wonderful accountants quickly grew up offering their services.    BECTU stepped in and funded a public meeting which drew hundreds of frightened freelancers, and a few accountants and tax experts took up the challenge of representing them.

Most of the discussions and other information still exists on the Watercooler, but to avoid the risk of contempt of court the crucial material has been moved to secure areas and is accessible only to registered members.   However we believe that most of the people who needed advice and support have already joined so they should have access to the areas they need.

We will be compiling an easy list of the accountants who posted their details on the old Cooler so that anyone hoping to find a media-savvy accountant can easily do so, so please do check back.

Creative Producer

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA AS YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

We are the successful campaign that helps young people make a difference on issues that are important to them. Our specialist production unit [Creative Resources] helps young people get their message across with dramas and factual films, music videos, publications, websites and posters. We have a separate team producing films for broadcast.

We’re looking for a skilled Creative Producerwho can apply their talent across several genres, including video production. They must be able to work easily with young people from all social and cultural backgrounds to develop, guide and ultimately produce effective films and other creative resources that do them credit, and achieve the objectives they desire. The Creative should have some demonstrable skillsin two/three of the following; video production, music production, script-writing, Final Cut Pro, Motion, InDesign, PhotoShop and website creation.

The Creative Producer must be prepared to travel extensively, and regard evenings and weekends as part of their normal work pattern, because this is when young people are often available. They will be entitled to time off in lieu for any additional hours they work. They must be able to work effectively and harmoniously in a creative team, and will be expected to work in other disciplines when necessary, and to provide support or resources to other parts of Fixers.

Producer, Features

Are you able to identify original and creative ideas for food, as well as ideas across a range of lifestyle genres?

Do you possess strong journalistic skills along with sound editorial judgement to ensure the programme maintains its integrity?

If the answer is ‘yes’ we have a fantastic opportunity to join our team on Lorraine as a Producer. We are looking for an experienced Producer who will mainly work overseeing all aspects of the food items on Lorraine, from researching seasonal ingredients and recipes and writing scripts, filming and editing, to securing new chefs for the show. You will also work closely with the rest of the team to source original ideas for Lorraine strands and specials. Lorraine provides a broad mixture of content across current affairs; entertainment news and consumer matters and you will be able to identify original and creative ideas across a range of lifestyle genres. You will be responsible for idea generation and then taking that idea from planning stage to production, helping to create a balanced show.

Ideally you will be a self-shooter with extensive VT filming experience of crafted feature VTs as well as possessing experience of directing single and multi camera location shoots. You will be an excellent communicator with strong journalistic skills and have a positive and flexible approach to your work and perform well under pressure, taking working to tight deadlines in your stride. Experience of having managed and reconciled budgets would also be preferred.

If you are up to the challenge, ITV is a great place to work. If you thrive in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same and you possess the creativity and innovation that will help us achieve our goals, then we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date:1st July 2014

Producer | Client Manager

Producer| Client Manager

Visual Communications Agency – Video – Reading

Changing Horizons is a successful visual communications agency, specialising in corporate video production based in Reading and London. We have an established client list spanning some of the most respected and recognised brands in the world. We seek a creative, flexible and highly organised Producer / Client Manager to join our team at a critical stage of growth.

Salary: Circa £30k plus bonus
Package: 25 days holiday

The role is to:

Produce and project manage client content from inception through to final production
Manage client relationships and win new business

You will predominantly be based in the Reading office, however there is flexibility to work from home from time to time.

Key Responsibilities

Using your creative ideas and your natural ability to quickly comprehend challenging and varied subject matter, you will develop scripts and storyboards to bring to life your clients’ requirements
Your excellent project management skills will enable you to coordinate the appropriate resources to ensure your clients’ needs are met and the projects are delivered on time and to budget.
Your personable nature will help put people at ease and get the best out them in all filming situations e.g. interviews, spoof sketches, voxpops with members of the public.
You’ll meet your sales revenue targets by multi-tasking different projects and nurturing existing client relationships with your professional ‘can do’ attitude.
You’ll grow our existing client list and secure new business in this expanding market. You’ll be challenged to call on your existing contacts and turn these opportunities into sales by arranging face-to-face client meetings and selling the agency’s unique skills and experience to prospective clients
You’ll be eager to develop personally within your role, learning new skills and continually improving the way you work
You’ll be an active team player within the agency

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential

Degree educated
Minimum 3 years experience either with a background working with corporate clients in the creative industry (video / web / design) or with a corporate background in sales / marketing / trade marketing / PR / where video communication is frequently used.
Applicants should have demonstrable experience of delivering engaging and impactful communications (e.g. videos, conferences and events, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, websites, training programmes) and be able to demonstrate their experience and understanding of video communication.
Natural sales ability with the willingness to go the extra mile to build strong client relationships
Proficient in Excel / Word / PowerPoint
Strong project management and multi-tasking skills
Excellent communication skills
Own car & driving licence

Desirable

Apple Mac experience
Commissioning or using videos as a means of bringing life to communications
Ability to write scripts / press releases / pamphlets / websites
Experience of producing videos, managing film shoots, editing and knowledge of different filming formats

Personal Attributes

Diplomatic and enthusiastic
Creative & adaptable
Quick learner with a high attention to detail
Pro-active and customer orientated/problem solver
Thorough approach/ability to work under pressure and multitask
Good negotiator and team player

Tv: Communities Correspondent, BBC Look North, BBC

* Fixed term contract (12 months)
Job Introduction
We’re looking for a journalist to uncover and report on stories from Yorkshire’s diverse communities for BBC News’ flagship programme in the region, Look North. More than 15% of people in Yorkshire are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. As an organisation funded by the licence fee, the BBC has a duty to report news which interests all communities, yet in the past Look North has struggled to serve some of these groups.

About us

Look North provides news on BBC1 in Yorkshire ten times a day, including our main half-hour programme at 6.30pm which is the most watched news programme- national or regional- on any tv channel in Yorkshire. 2.5 million people watch Look North each week. That’s around half the adult population of Yorkshire, a diverse region including big cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford; smaller towns in Yorkshire’s industrial heartland where coal, steel and textiles once dominated; and some of England’s most spectacular countryside including three national parks.

Role Responsibility
This is a senior position, working alongside four existing correspondents who specialise in business, politics, health and crime. It’s not a first job in journalism. Previous experience in tv is helpful, but you might work in radio or print at the moment and want to break into tv. If that’s the case we’ll offer training and a mentor. You will need to spot stories and trends, and turn them into compelling television. You will be a key member of the team in editorial discussions and will work as an advocate to underline the importance of community stories in a regional programme.

The Ideal Candidate
You’re an experienced journalist, keen to make a difference, with a detailed knowledge and understanding of Yorkshire’s diverse communities. Contacts who trust you are essential, as is the ability to know a good story and tell it. You’re a good self-starter who works well independently but also fits into a team. An ability to speak Urdu, Punjabi (Mirpuri/Pathwari) or Pashto would be useful.

We welcome interest from everyone irrespective of ethnic group but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in this type of role, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As part of your application we would like you to answer the following question; ‘In no more than 400 words please suggest two ideas for stories from Yorkshire which you would hope to cover for BBC Look North in your first two months in this role; and how you might turn these ideas into compelling TV news reports.’ Please use section 9 of the application questionnaire to give you answer.

The closing date for applications is midnight onThursday June 26th.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

To apply for this position, please click apply now. Please ntote; all applications must be made via the BBC Careers Hub – we are unable to accept direct CV’s/Applications.

To apply please see this job entry on Media UK.

Football Commentators / Journalists

talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, is recruiting radio football commentators and journalists for its expanding international team.
talkSPORT is part of UTV Media (GB) one of the largest radio groups in the UK, with market leading local stations in England and Wales. We also own the UK’s leading sports magazine, Sport, as well as being a leading operator of DAB digital radio multiplexes throughout Great Britain.
If you are a native speaker of Swahili, Nigerian accented English, Russian, German, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian Bahasa, Malaysia Bahasa or Portuguese, and have excellent knowledge of English football, with some journalist experience, please send your CV to oliver.zheng@talksport.co.uk
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Thursday 31st July 2014.
talkSPORT is an Equal Opportunities employer.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Broadcast Assistant

Job Introduction
BBC Radio Lincolnshire is characterised by creativity and innovation. With 120,000 listeners each week, we broadcast a mixture of agenda setting news and top quality community based programming. Based in the growing city of Lincoln, we are at the centre of a large and diverse county where everyone has a story to tell.

Role Responsibility
You’ll be part of a small team providing operational and production support during a range of programmes. You will assess and produce calls from listeners whose contributions are a key part of the show, and be the first point of contact with the public for all enquiries. You may also be given an opportunity to work on other areas of output.You will work on social media for the programme, helping to keep Facebook, Twitter and our website updated with appropriate content.You may be required to work shifts at short notice.

The Ideal Candidate
You need to be a creative person, who has an awareness of our audience, output and the topical issues relevant to our listeners.You’ll be bursting with ideas which are topical and locally relevant. You’ll be confident in operating technical equipment both in the studio and on location, and be keento learn about new technology.
You will need an excellent telephone manner, coolness under pressure and experience of dealing with the public. You’ll be a strong communicator, with excellent judgment and the ability to persuade contributors to go on air.
Its important that you have a flexible approach to work as you may be required to work a shift at short notice.
The closing date for applicationsTuesday 24th June.
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

Communities Correspondent

Job Introduction
We’re looking for a journalist to uncover and report on stories from Yorkshire’s diverse communities for BBC News’ flagship programme in the region, Look North.More than 15% of people in Yorkshire are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.As an organisation funded by the licence fee, the BBC has a duty to report news which interests all communities, yet in the past Look North has struggled to serve some of these groups.

About us

Look North provides news on BBC1 in Yorkshire ten times a day, including our main half-hour programme at 6.30pm which is the most watched news programme- national or regional- on any tv channel in Yorkshire. 2.5 million people watch Look North each week. That’s around half the adult population of Yorkshire, a diverse region including big cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford; smaller towns in Yorkshire’s industrial heartland where coal, steel and textiles once dominated; and some of England’s most spectacular countryside including three national parks.

Role Responsibility
This is a senior position, working alongside four existing correspondents who specialise in business, politics, health and crime. It’s not a first job in journalism.Previous experience in tv is helpful, but you might work in radio or print at the moment and want to break into tv. If that’s the case we’ll offer training and a mentor.You will need to spot stories and trends, and turn them into compelling television. You will be a key member of the teamin editorial discussions and will work as an advocate to underline the importance of community stories in a regional programme.

The Ideal Candidate
You’re an experiencedjournalist, keen to make a difference, with a detailed knowledge and understanding of Yorkshire’s diverse communities.Contacts who trust you are essential, as is the ability to know a good story and tell it. You’re a good self-starter who works well independently but also fits into a team.An ability to speak Urdu, Punjabi (Mirpuri/Pathwari) or Pashto would be useful.

We welcome interest from everyone irrespective of ethnic group but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in this type of role, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
As part of your application we would like you to answer the following question; ‘In no more than 400 words please suggest two ideas for stories from Yorkshire which you would hope to cover for BBC Look North in your first two months in this role; and how you might turn these ideas into compelling TV news reports.’ Please use section 9 of the application questionnaire to give you answer.

The closing date for applications is midnight onThursday June 26th.