Senior Producer – Afternoons & The Panel

Te Tūranga – The opportunity  

An opportunity to work with New Zealand’s award-winning public media company. RNZ aims to strengthen Aotearoa and the Pacific through informative, challenging and entertaining content.

Te Mahi – About the job

RNZ is New Zealand’s only non-commercial public multimedia organisation and exists solely to serve the public interest by providing unique, impartial services and content to all New Zealanders.

Part of RNZ’s strategy involves continuing to expand our digital content and distribution to connect with a growing and increasingly diverse audience.

The Purpose of the Senior Producer role is to generate great stories and guest content for "Afternoons" and "The Panel", delivering a vibrant, live experience for our audiences through strong research and angle generation, and the extension of our audience connection through on-line and social media.

You will generate strong news and human interest stories plus feature interviews for “Afternoons” from 1pm – 4pm and “The Panel” at 6-7pm in-line with the programme’s strategies, working in tandem with other producers on a roster pattern covering these shows.

You find and book high quality guests, as well as champion digital & social media engagement with audiences for both shows, in collaboration with the wider RNZ National teams where possible.  

You will contribute to long and short-term reviews of programme objectives, achievements and help to reset strategy where necessary.

Ōu Pūkenga - About You

  • Journalism degree or diploma - or equivalent relevant radio production experience.
  • Live radio production skills and demonstrable experience as a radio/news broadcast journalist over many years.
  • Wide general knowledge, well read with a wide range of interests, with excellent written communication and voice for radio.
  • Proven ability to work fast to meet daily deadlines, and high practical competency using radio operational systems, digital recording and editing equipment, and other tools.  

Ngā Hua: What we offer

  • Rare opportunity to join RNZ, working on two of our cornerstone daytime Radio programmes!
  • A friendly, welcoming and inclusive team/organisation.
  • Development and regular training opportunities for our people.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Will match an employee’s KiwiSaver contribution up to 4%.
  • Additional leave provisions for some roles and the option to buy extra leave.
  • Comprehensive parental leave over and above standard legislation.
  • Company discounts and benefits including discounted Southern Cross health insurance, car rental services and free flu shots.
  • RNZ supports work/life balance for our people including working from home initiatives where possible.
  • Comprehensive wellbeing support including access to a confidential support, guidance and counselling service.

Te Ahurea – Our Culture

At RNZ we are committed to fostering an inclusive and constructive culture. This means creating a place where our people feel like they belong and can do their best work. We do this through our attitudes; Be Bold, Better Every Day and Extend Manaakitanga.

This is a full-time role based in either Auckland or Wellington and forms part of a roster with other producers. The 40 hrs per week are all typically within 9am-7.30pm on weekdays, but will vary between the 2 shows.

To apply for this role please complete your application on our careers site, including both your covering letter and a CV. If applying through Seek you will be able to view and download a copy of the job description for this role after clicking Apply and navigating to our Careers Portal.  

Applications close: Sunday, 14th April 2024

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RNZ is committed to the principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity and welcomes applicants reflecting New Zealand’s cultural and ethnic diversity.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 853

Location: Wellington, Auckland

Closing Date: Friday, 19 April 2024