Trainee Technical Operator, Edinburgh (12 month Fixed Term Contract)

Closing Date: 08 July 2022
Location: Edinburgh

Are you looking to kick start your career in the media? Do you have a passion for TV, news and current affairs and love technology? Then this paid traineeship in our STV News Technical team might be for you.
We encourage applications from candidates currently under-represented in the TV industry, so we are keen to hear from people from an ethnically diverse background, disabled people and those from a lower socio-economic background.
STV is Scotland’s home of news, entertainment and drama, serving audiences with quality content on air, online and on demand.
STV’s broadcast channel, accessible free-to-air on all the main TV platforms in Scotland, reaches 3.2 million viewers each month. It is home to flagship news programme STV News at Six which continues to grow its audience share and is the best-watched news programme in the country.
We are looking for a Trainee Technical Operator to join our STV News Technical team based in Edinburgh. This full-time paid traineeship will run for 12 months during which you will have the opportunity to work in a live studio and news environment and operate the technical facilities required to produce the daily news output across multiple platforms for STV News. You will also undertake external training with the National Film & Television School Scotland.
During this traineeship you will learn:
  • Vision control of Studio Cameras and operation of camera robotics systems.
  • Dub programme material to various formats as required
  • News Production using Ross News Automation systems (where installed) within the studio galleries
  • News Production and Operations using Avid Ingest and Playout systems
  • Competency Sound Mixing Local News Bulletins
  • Set up and maintain Comms feeds for remote and local lives
  • Operate studio sound systems including wired/radio mics, IEM and Foldback
  • Prepare captions on a caption generator as required
  • Occasional camera work as required
  • Compile a quality log of all material transmitted
  • Housekeep ingest and playout server storage
  • Log and rectify faults and quality control issues
  • Undertake news operations work as required including news traffic operations
  • Support the Technical Resource Organiser in technical issues with Dejero live systems and remote field delivery of material from Multimedia Journalists
  • Support for Output (digital and social) Team in the production of video and graphics content for web and social media platforms
Skills and Experience:
  • A passion for television, and news and current affairs in particular.
  • Technically minded with an interest in cameras, video and editing.
  • Knowledge of Avid Editing and Adobe Premiere Pro is desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact with people from all backgrounds and ages, using tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office
  • Ability to work under pressure and accurately within a live television environment
  • A resilient, positive, can – do attitude
  • Determination and drive to succeed and to overcome obstacles
  • HNC in Electronic Engineering (or equivalent) is preferred
  • HND/ Degree in Television Operations or Engineering (or equivalent) is preferred
To apply please email a full CV & cover letter to In your cover letter tell us more about yourself and answer the questions below:
  • Why are you interested in this traineeship?
  • Do you have a passion for technology, cameras and editing and an interest in news/current affairs – if so tell us about previous roles or jobs (paid or unpaid) you have had, and what skills and experience you gained there that would make you a good candidate for this opportunity
  • What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good candidate for this opportunity?
Closing date: 08 July 2022

STV is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and to equality of opportunity for all. We are a Disability Confident employer and are committed to offering an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the role.