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Assistant Communications Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The role works as part of the press office and programmes desk reporting into the Chief Press Officer.

You'll work on a shift basis, Monday to Friday 7am-3pm, in the BBC's Corporate Press Office. You'll be at the front line of the BBC's media handling operation dealing with other parts of the Communications Division and external enquiries on a daily basis.   

Role Responsibility

  • To monitor the Press Office email inbox and ensure enquiries are directed to the appropriate press / publicity team.
  • To act as a point of contact for incoming calls, handling routine enquiries and referring requests onwards as necessary.
  • To assist Communications Officers in the preparation of briefing materials on all aspects of BBC policy for senior executives.
  • To monitor social and broadcast media for BBC and relevant industry stories and flag to senior colleagues to ensure rapid rebuttal where necessary.
  • To produce daily communications diary from central database.
  • To provide administrative and logistical support at press briefings, conferences and other BBC events.
  • To establish a good knowledge of key media contacts in the national and regional newspapers and websites, TV and radio outlets and ensure up-to-date details and distribution lists are maintained.
  • To provide additional administrative support and work on specific projects where necessary, including sending out press releases, carrying out telephone ring-rounds, sending information to the press and setting up meetings. Keep office files and databases updated.
  • Where required to collate information for press packs, leaflets, brochures, website etc, including proofing and organising production.
  • To incorporate social media channels and digital activity into publicity and communications campaigns.
  • Establish a good knowledge of key media contacts in the national and regional newspapers and websites, TV and radio outlets.
  • Comply with the press office responsibilities under the BBC’s Editorial Standards, including checking responses and releases issued to the media have the appropriate level of sign-off.
  • Provide required information and copy to high standards of accuracy and on time.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines often under pressure.
  • Very good written and oral communications including good English spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills and social skills, both face-to-face and on the phone
  • Computer literate with strong office skills including the ability translate complex data into easy to understand materials.
  • Able to learn new IT skills quickly and adapt to different systems, including digital editing and uploading to websites.
  • A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories
  • Organised and focused with good attention to detail.

Package Description

Permanent Role


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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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