Media researcher

Media researchers support producers by finding information, people and places for television or radio programmes.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Media researcher jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties might include: 

  • discussing programme ideas and researching needs with producers
  • finding and checking information
  • searching media libraries and archives
  • writing briefs for presenters, or briefing scriptwriters
    checking copyright
  • finding studio audiences and programme contributors
    looking for locations
  • researching and writing content for websites and social media

You may also cast people by calling or visiting people and recording them.

There are no set entry requirements, but the right skills, contacts and work experience are highly valued. 

You could get contacts and experience by working:

  • on radio productions, or student film or TV productions
  • in local newspapers, student publications, hospital or community radio, film archives or picture libraries

You don’t need a degree to work in most areas but it can help.  You may need a degree, postgraduate qualification or background in a relevant subject to work on factual or specialist programmes.

You could also:

  • start as an administrator, runner or production assistant in TV and work your way up
  • move into programme research from a background in journalism or research in a non-media field, like social or political research
  • take a course in media production

BBC, Media Nation and Creative Skillset have more information on courses and work placements.

£16,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £16,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £35,000

You could work freelance, and be paid a fee for each contract.

The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) has information on current pay guidelines.

These figures are a guide.


Working hours can be long and irregular, and may include evenings and weekends.

You’ll mainly work in offices and studios, using the telephone and the internet. 

You may also make research trips, which could involve travel in the UK or overseas.

With experience, you could supervise a research team on larger productions.

You could also move into an assistant producer role, or writing or directing.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • good organisational and administrative skills
  • a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • creativity and initiative
  • multi-tasking ability and a flexible approach to work
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
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