Radio broadcast assistant

Radio broadcast assistants help make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 irregular

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a Radio broadcast assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • volunteering

University

You could study towards a degree or higher national diploma. Relevant subjects include radio or media production.

This may help you learn about the broadcasting industry and develop the skills you would need for this job.

Other courses like science or politics would be useful if you want to work on specialist radio productions.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
  • 2 to 3 A levels to do a degree or higher national diploma

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College

Relevant college courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Radio
  • Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Volunteering and experience

Competition for jobs is strong. Employers will expect you to have some practical experience (paid or unpaid) and be able to show you have a real enthusiasm for radio broadcasting.

You could get useful experience through:

  • community, hospital or student radio
  • work placements

You can get a list of radio stations from:

You can also apply for a BBC Work Experience Placement.

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Career tips

As your experience grows, it's a good idea to develop a portfolio of work you have been involved in on a CD, MP3 or online. You could use this to showcase your work to potential employers.

For news-based and factual radio, you may have an advantage with a background in journalism or research.

Further information

Get more information about careers in radio from The Pips.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • researching programmes
  • booking guests, preparing contracts and arranging payment
  • booking studio time and equipment
  • typing scripts
  • producing programme logs and running orders
  • keeping track of costs
  • updating the programme or station’s website, blog or social media
  • archiving programme material
  • arranging and sending out competition prizes

Working environment

You could work at a recording studio or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a radio producer, music programmer or a technical studio manager. 

You could move into television research or production.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Production Apprentice

  • Wage : £18,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Uxbridge UB11 1FE

Courses In England

Experience radio production

  • Provider: WORKERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (WEA)
  • Start date: 14 January 2019
  • Location: Bristol

Radio Production 2

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 11 January 2019
  • Location: London

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