An Expert’s Guide To Getting Into TV – Book


A comprehensive and practical guide to finding work and selling yourself effectively for an entry-level job in television production. 

Written by an award-winning executive producer of many years experience, it tells it how it really is in the TV business and how to make the most of modern technology to develop your media skills. 

In a competitive job market applicants for work in the media need to use every trick in the book to get ahead. The 25,000 word guide is packed with practical techniques on selling yourself, finding the available jobs, gaining work experience and includes many links to invaluable online resources. 

It includes detailed advice on writing an effective CV along with real-life examples; how to compose a strong covering letter; what to expect at interview and advice from a range of experienced and respected media professionals. 

There is also important advice on avoiding exploitation in the work experience market; the importance of networking; what to study for a career in TV and advice on developing suitable skills. From the reality of a TV runner’s job to how to deal with periods of unemployment, it covers all areas of interest to anyone trying to get that first job in TV. 


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Becoming a runner in film and TV


A runner is a key entry-level position into the industry. Providing on-the-job-training, a runner’s main role is to assist with the smooth running of the production office and the studio or location floor. No two days are typically the same: you can be asked to make cups of tea, photocopy scripts, call sheets, schedules and other production paperwork, go shopping for essential groceries to using email, key software such as word and excel. This means the role can be very varied and at times demanding – but it’s a great way to learn new skills and make important contacts.

Read the full article at The Production Guild

Employment rights and pay for interns


This document sets out the official government position on interns

Rights to the National Minimum Wage

An intern is entitled to the National Minimum Wage if they count as a worker.

Employers can’t avoid paying the National Minimum Wage if it’s due by:

  • saying or stating that it doesn’t apply
  • making a written agreement saying someone isn’t a worker or that they’re a volunteer

Promise of future work

An intern is classed as a worker and is due the National Minimum Wage if they’re promised a contract of future work.


What is the seven day rule?

This is a special exemption, just for film and TV, which allows people who would normally be PAYE to be paid gross. The company still has to pay the National Insurance though.

Because many employed workers in the Film, Production & TV Broadcasting industry have short engagements with a succession of different employers, the normal operation of PAYE is impractical and would in many cases result in excessive deductions of tax. The Seven-Day Rule is intended to alleviate the hardship, which might arise from such excessive deductions.

You need not apply PAYE to payments made to workers engaged for less than one week – that is, for six consecutive days or less.

The period of six consecutive days includes rest days and weekends if these fall between the first and last days of engagement. For example, if a worker is engaged for
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and for the following Monday and Tuesday, the intervening weekend must be counted and the limit of six days will be exceeded.

Here’s the most recent copy of the guidance document issued by HMRC fi-notes-2012


Senior Broadcast Journalist (Reporter)

Job Introduction
BBC Look North is one of the most watched regional news programmes on BBC One serving a diverse audience across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire including Hull which has recently secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017. Our viewers expect the highest standards in all our programmes from breakfast through to lunchtime onto our flagship 1830 and into the late bulletin at 2225. We pride ourselves on high production values and generating stories that really matter to our audience. All our journalists work in a multi-platform way making the best use of new technology to share content across TV, radio and online.

Role Responsibility
As a Reporter for Look North, you will originate and develop programme stories and then bring those stories to life on air. You will be given time to work on your own investigations and will be expected to deliver agenda setting journalism that can lead our programmes and be picked up by network outlets. Your patch will cover the whole region taking in urban areas likes Hull, Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Grimsby and the many rural communities of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. For the right story there will be the opportunity to work on Inside Out with our current affairs team.

The Ideal Candidate
You will be an experienced journalist with a track record of delivering exclusive stories that lead programmes and are picked up by other media outlets. You will need to be familiar with conducting investigations into complex stories and have an excellent working knowledge of editorial guidelines and the law. We are looking for an experiencedbroadcast journalist, with first class editorial judgment and great story telling ability.

You should have a thorough understanding of production methods involved in television and the ability to use technical skills as and when required.The ability to film and edit your own material is desirable but not essential as this training will be given. It is essential that you demonstrate a passion for our region and the desire to get stuck into this busy news patch. You should have a thorough knowledge of social, economic and political affairs at a local, regional and national level.