BBC News is the most widely-used and most trusted news provider in the UK. We are undergoing a transformation to enable us to be a more diverse, inclusive and agile organisation that responds quickly to changing audience needs, providing our employees with exceptional career opportunities and strengthening our position as a trusted, impartial, world leading news organisation.
Our Commissioning team is at the heart of this transformation. By working closely with both our specialist story teams and our programme output teams, it will ensure our best original journalism reaches the widest audiences, including those that might be currently underserved.
Over the last year significant strides have been in this new way of working, with the Commissioning team ensuring significant original stories have made a major impact across our various platforms – digital (news websites, social, iPlayer and Sounds), TV and Radio – setting the news agenda internally and externally.
As the leader of the UK Commissioning team, the Executive News Editor will play a central role in driving BBC News’ editorial output. You will need exceptional interpersonal skills for this role as you are working every day with senior programme editors, correspondents, picture editors, production staff, and junior members of staff – anyone in news who pitches stories.
We are looking for an experienced and creative Executive News Editor to run UK Commissioning working alongside their counterpart on Global Commissioning
They will work to the 5 key aims of commissioning:
Commissioning puts audience research and data at the heart of our journalism in order to meet BBC News’s goals of serving and growing audiences across the UK.
Working to the Controller of Programmes and Commissioning the successful candidate will be senior leader at the top of News management.
Additional information on Responsibilities:
The Ideal Candidate
You will have an extended experience of both traditional & digital media with a deep understanding of audiences including how they consume news. Over the course of your career you will have developed an acute editorial judgement covering domestic and international news as well as some specialism, which might include sports, politics, investigations or entertainment news. A good experience in managing complex culture changes and leading teams through challenges over a sustained period of time with the ability to cope with conflicting demands in pressurised situations is very much what we are seeking.
You will also have in-depth experience of interpreting data to inform editorial decision making, using audience research to drive commissioning decisions, with a keen knowledge of audience engagement techniques and tools, as well as a track record in agenda-setting original journalism.
You will be passionate and committed to the aims of Modernising BBC News, with the ability to work at a strategic level. You will understand how stories can affect audiences in many different ways encompassing non-traditionalist news consumption. A collaborative approach to working allied with the necessary authority and confidence in dealing inside with programme and output editors, story team leads, other areas of News and Current affairs, as well as external news makers and partners is expected
You will have excellent communication skills to support relationship building both inside and outside of the BBC at a senior level, and you’ll look for opportunities to forge partnerships at a variety of levels. A strong ability to nurture, motivate and develop staff, and good interpersonal skills, are at the centre of the BBC News values.
Band: Senior Leader (SL)
Contract type: Continuing (Perm)
Location: London – New Broadcasting House (W1A 1AA)
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.
Job Application Requirements:
About the Company
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.
Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.
We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.
We are happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
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