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Assistant Editor, Breakfast

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

Job Introduction

If you’re a talented output editor we’d like you to come and work for us on BBC Breakfast.

We’re Britain’s most popular early morning TV show, so it’s a great place to show off your creative skills. The job involves leading a team planning and producing the programme and outputting from the gallery.

You need to be a senior journalist with the editorial knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions under pressure. You’ll have great ideas and the opportunity to turn them in to creative television for the early morning audience on BBC1.

It’s a rewarding, high profile role and if you’d like to find out more about it and what you could offer get in touch with Deputy Editors, Kelly Crawford and Jonathan Aspinwall.

Role Responsibility

You will lead the production of BBC Breakfast programmes, working closely with the programme’s Editor and Deputy Editors.

You will have good understanding of the Breakfast audience and how the programme can engage with other underserved audiences.

You will need to work across all our social media platforms to engage with underserved audiences.

You will assist the Editor in developing the strategy and agenda for BBC Breakfast, and to communicate and implement this to the wider team.

You will hold line management responsibilities and play a key role in the development and success of other Journalists on the Breakfast team.

You will take a lead in the planning of outside broadcasts and may be deployed to work on location.

You will need to develop collaborative relationships within the wider BBC, working closely with colleagues in newsgathering and other programmes.

You will assist in the implementation of BBC policies and encourage the BBC values.

Hours of work

You will work on a rotating pattern of day and night shifts spread across seven days.  We welcome job share and part time applications so please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how this could work for you.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Considerable knowledge and practical experience of daily broadcast journalism.
  • Extensive experience of outputting Live TV News including gallery experience, OBs and studio
  • Evidence of delivering editorial and/or production innovation across TV and multiplatform output
  • Ability to make major decisions and communicate these with authority and under pressure
  • A broad range of knowledge is essential on subjects ranging from politics and business, to entertainment news. Sound editorial awareness and judgement following BBC News editorial policy
  • Ability to identify, motivate and guide contributors, presenters and reporters.
  • Understanding and experience of leading teams. Ability to motivate and develop editorial staff to make innovative and imaginative contributions to programmes.
  • Ability to manage resources, staff and budgets in order to contribute to output in the most cost-effective manner.

Package Description

Band: E 

Contract: 12 month maternity cover

Base: Salford

Intended interview dates:

 Job share and part-time applications are welcome for this role.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application. 

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

 Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page. 

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK

About the BBC

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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