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Listings Researcher/Sub-Editor

Immediate Media Co
Reporting to the Film Listings Chief Sub-editor, and working alongside two part-time Sub-editor/Writers (one of whom is Senior), the Film Researcher/Sub-editor is an important part of the Radio Times films team, who are responsible for the 20+ pages of film content per week in Radio Times magazine (including regional editions).

The role involves updating TV schedules, inputting film listings, liaising with TV schedulers to identify upcoming movies, researching new releases for cinema and on-demand platforms, information-gathering, digital archiving, and fielding queries from both the TV Listings desk and the team who produce our pages at PA Media. The role also involves some subbing, fact-checking and writing duties.

This is a full-time role, working Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm. However, there is a need for flexibility, particularly in the run-up to the Christmas issue, where extra hours will need to be worked.

Context of the role:

Radio Times is one of the most familiar and trusted media brands in Britain. This reputation resides in the authority it carries both in broadcasting matters and the high quality of its listings. RT’s Listings team – producing our TV, Films and Radio pages – maintains that reputation at the sharp end.

The Film Researcher/Sub-editor should be a confident communicator, have an obsessive eye for detail and possess good, all-round journalistic intelligence. They will be a primary user of our bespoke Filemaker films database, calling for high levels of accuracy in order to maintain its integrity. They also provide a key link to schedulers and PR companies, requiring a proven ability to build productive relationships, in order to gather information to meet tight deadlines. Candidates for the role should also have a wide, proven knowledge of films, and a keen interest in broadcasting on all platforms and the TV listings world in general.

Responsibilities:

  • Responding to schedule changes on the core channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, C4, C5) as they arrive, ensuring that each channel’s listings remain up to date until press pass, paying particular attention to time changes, additional or dropped films, changes in versions of films and transmission information, eg widescreen, HD markers etc
  • Liaising with schedule providers and TV companies to ensure all information is correct
  • Notifying the rest of the films team about any regional changes to the core schedules
  • Inputting billings, synopses and associated data to a high degree of accuracy from approved sources, using our films database
  • Working with PA, who provide content for our film listings pages, fielding any queries regarding missing information
  • Trawling TV and film schedules and alerting the film team to gaps in the database
  • Researching upcoming cinema and on-demand releases, and informing the Film Editor of changes affecting future features
  • Updating information for film availability on the digital catch-up platforms (eg: iPlayer, ITV Player, All4 and My5)
  • Chasing production notes from film distributors and inputting production information
  • Indexing production notes and periodicals (inc Sight & Sound) for reference purposes
  • Building relationships with PR companies and on-demand content providers to obtain information about upcoming titles and film seasons
  • Implementing smarter ways of working and not being afraid to challenge current practices by offering solutions for positive change
  • Researching and writing fun and interesting trivia items for the film review pages
  • Subbing copy to fit the Discover Film and films review pages, ensuring sense and completeness, as required by the Film Chief Sub-editor


Knowledge, Experience & Competencies:

  • You are an organised and cool-headed multi-tasker, able to juggle various jobs and bring them to completion to the required deadlines
  • You are detail-oriented, with an inquisitive nature that ensures all information acted upon is correct
  • You can work at pace and under pressure, maintaining high levels of accuracy without losing quality
  • You have a proven track record in writing concise, accurate and entertaining copy
  • You are a proactive problem-solver, able to work on your own initiative
  • You are a team player who shares information to help others
  • You have a clear understanding of the “voice” of Radio Times and the needs of our readership
  • You are passionate about film, and enthusiastic to expand your knowledge
  • You build relationships easily and utilise these contacts effectively to serve the role
  • You are tech-friendly, proficient in the use of InDesign and Excel, and have a firm grasp of database management
  • You appreciate the need to be flexible regarding the hours you work
  • You embrace innovations and are adaptable to changes in team dynamics and workflow as the job demands
  • You have a knowledge of basic magazine law (eg copyright, libel etc)
Company Name: Immediate Media Co
Date Added: 01/12/2019
Job Location: London
Job Type: full-time
Job Level: mid-weight
Salary: Undisclosed