Executive News Editor - UK News Content

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  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    4 December 2022  
    Posted on
    21 November 2022  

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded primarily by the licence fee that is paid by UK households. The BBC uses this income to provide services including network TV channels across the UK, national and regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive online presence.

BBC News & Current Affairs is the largest broadcast news operation in the world, providing trusted news and analysis output across Network News and the World Service Group to audiences in the UK and internationally. We are a division of c6000 staff that work together to deliver the most innovative and creative journalism to an audience of half a billion across the globe.

The BBC is seeking an Executive News Editor, UK News Content, responsible for all the UK story teams. The Executive News Editor also leads the ‘on the day’ newsdesk and planning operations at BBC News, as well as UGC, Investigations and UK Insight. The role will report into the Director of News Content, and will be a member of the News Content senior management team.

Role Responsibility:

  • To be accountable for the editorial decision-making across the BBC’s UK News Content teams, as well as issues of reputational risk and impartiality in accordance with Editorial Guidelines.
  • To demonstrate a clear strategy for the department, in line with the wider BBC News objectives, including digital transformation, transparency and culture change.
  • To provide creative leadership and editorial vision to enhance the strength, depth, range and quality of output and ensure this is done in line with strategic priorities.
  • To provide editorial leadership and managerial direction with responsibility for the staff, output and finances for UK News Content teams, including driving the requirement for efficiency and ‘Value For All’.
  • To work collaboratively across BBC News and the wider BBC with shared knowledge, information and mutual support where appropriate.
  • To guard the BBC’s journalistic and editorial standards, support the BBC brand and enhance reach, reputation and the impact of the BBC, responding to complaints and comments if required.
  • To take managerial, editorial and financial responsibility for the team of journalists, production and support staff in UK News Content, including their training, development and wellbeing.
  • To lead on team management activities including recruitment, development, training and employee relations activities.
  • To be responsible for delivery to designated budget and for pro-actively identifying solutions to address budgetary pressures and potential overspends that may arise.
  • To regularly review the performance of each team to establish current performance and set appropriate objectives.
  • To ensure health and safety responsibilities and legal obligations are understood and met within the teams and areas under their responsibility.
  • To seek out and nurture new diverse staff, on and off air.
  • To represent the BBC at a senior level and take accountability for the implementation and delivery of wider BBC projects.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Significant leadership experience, managing large journalism teams and successfully delivering cultural and organisational change.
  • Excellent editorial judgement, with a track record of overseeing complex stories and investigations as well as big, breaking news.
  • Extensive knowledge of the UK news agenda, with previous experience of leading journalism teams working on high-profile output.
  • An expertise in digital journalism, including insight into the wider media market and the audience challenges facing BBC News.
  • A detailed understanding of impartiality as well as the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and the law in relation to journalism.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion, with evidence of how this has influenced their leadership.
  • Unites teams behind our BBC values and behaviours; role modelling them to lead, engage, inspire and create a sense of purpose and belonging

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the applicationThere 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.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC:

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. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our site!