Producer/ Director, The Sunday Magazine (English Services) – CBC

Job Family Media Production
Primary Location Toronto

Position Language Requirement English Only

Language Skill Level (Reading) –
Language Skill Level (Writing) –
Language Skill Level (Speaking) –

Status of Employment Permanent
Work schedule(s) Full-time

Work at CBC/Radio-Canada

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we create content that informs, entertains and connects Canadians on multiple platforms. Our successes and accomplishments are driven by embodying and upholding values, which include creativity, integrity, inclusiveness and relevance.

Do you think you have the ability and drive to keep up with this exciting, ever-changing industry? Whether it be in front of the camera, on air, online or behind the scenes, you would be joining a team that thrives on making connections and telling stories that are important to Canadians.

CBC Radio is hiring a Producer to work for Network Talk, assigned as a producer/director at The Sunday Magazine

The position is full time, based in Toronto, working a Wednesday to Sunday shift.

The Program

The Sunday Magazine is a lively, wide-ranging current affairs radio program that covers the events of the week in Canada and around the world, using a variety of tone and format to dig deeper into the issues Canadians care about and are talking about.

The program is responsive and relevant every week, with the ability to remake and reframe as events unfold. It is a mix of long-form, in-depth interviews, music and audio treatments. It is a destination for deep conversations with big thinkers and luminaires in the arts, culture, politics and more.

The program also produces compelling digital and social media presentations of stories and a weekly podcast.

Your Role

Working under the direction and supervision of the Executive and Senior Producers, you are an experienced journalist with exceptional critical thinking skills and a wide range of interests and sources of story ideas.

You work Wednesdays to Sundays, splitting your time between pitching and producing content and showing editorial leadership on the weekends by ensuring the program is responsive and taking the program to air live on Sunday mornings as studio director. You have a sense of timing, pacing and flow required of directing a live program

You demonstrate a clear understanding of the mandate of the program and what makes for a strong segment of the show.

You are an excellent generator of story ideas, and an exemplary chaser.

You are a strong writer and able to collect, edit and work with sound with a segment.

You have strong social media and digital skills.

You have a deep understanding and appreciation of diversity of perspective, opinion and experience, which is reflected in all your pitches and guest selection.

Along with your excellent communication skills, and exceptional creativity, you are a committed team player.

Finally, you have full knowledge of the Journalistic Standards and Practices of CBC and that all your work is governed by these policies.

Key Tasks:

Generate weekly story ideas, participate in pitch meetings, creatively assess and build on the ideas of others.

Generate clear focus statements for your ideas and follow through on delivering guests, scripts and content.

Energetically and creatively research and track down the best possible guests on each story as assigned.

Creatively suggest and gather audio elements to enhance the audience’s understanding of a segment.

Write clear, compelling introductions and focused question lines to build a narrative arc to interviews.

Change assignments quickly as needed.

Direct the live program on Sunday mornings, incorporating changes as needed and re-making parts or the whole program if required.

Work independently on Saturdays to track changing stories and suggest, lead and chase new content as needed.

Program music as needed.

Ensure that stories, guests and programming reflect contemporary Canada – with special focus on reflecting people who belong to visible minorities, indigenous people and people with disabilities.

Work collaboratively with other producers on the team.

Meet daily deadlines with guest requirements and scripts.

Suggest and provide content for digital treatments of stories.

We are looking for a candidate with the following:
A combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from university or college plus five to seven years of practical and relevant experience in journalism, including interviewing and writing for broadcast.

A keen interest and ongoing expertise in news and current events

Experience directing the work of others, especially in a live studio setting – or a commitment to learn and add this skillset to your toolkit.

An ability to work effectively to multiple deadlines along with excellent organizational skills, interpersonal and communication skills.

An ability to work overtime as required.

A strong sense of creativity, initiative and a high degree of responsibility for the accuracy and quality of work.

Innovative with programming and ideas. Curious, incisive and critical thinker.

Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

If this sounds interesting, please click on ”Apply online”. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada’s public broadcaster. For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website. All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest. In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

Wherever in the wording of the job description either gender is used, it shall be understood to include all genders.

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