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Assistant Editor - Digital, BBC South

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

Job Introduction

BBC South is part of an England Online operation serving 12 million people a week.  Meanwhile our reputation on social media is growing fast, with South Today’s Facebook page averaging over 5 million views each week, putting it among the biggest in the BBC.

We want to significantly build on our existing digital services, and are looking for a leader with vision and ambition to help achieve that.  The aim is to grow BBC South’s reputation for reporting breaking news, and telling compelling original stories in creative new ways.  We’ll roll out new live streams, and continue to develop our social media activity.  We intend to do this under a single Assistant Editor, reporting directly to the Head of Regional and Local Programmes in the South.  

This is a key role, co-ordinating all our digital publishing, to maximise audience reach.  The Assistant Editor Digital, will also maintain an editorial responsibility to the England Editor for all content published to BBC News Online.

Role Responsibility

You will lead and inspire our digital teams working across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset, delivering stories for BBC News Online, our live pages and social media. You will steer the editorial direction for the South, working with local digital line managers to deliver stories quickly and with impact. You will launch a local subbing operation, introduce new live page services, and increase the use of video across all digital platforms. This is also a hands-on role, and you will need to sub and write big stories at times. Working closely with BBC South’s radio and television editors, you will ensure our best local content is directed towards digital audiences, whilst also delivering new and original stories, with the ambition to reach a wider audience on the BBC England and UK websites.

Are you the right candidate?

You must have a strong editorial background, be skilled in delivering digital content, and have an extensive understanding of BBC Online, social media and digital audiences. You will be an experienced leader with the ability to inspire teams, to develop skills, forge positive relationships in the workplace, and be able to communicate strategy, with clarity and passion.  You will want to improve reach locally whilst ensuring our best editorial content is seen by more people via the BBC England and UK website.  You will be ambitious, with a track record of increasing audience reach, delivering creativity, and maximising the editorial impact of stories.

The closing date for applications is 20th March. Interviews are expected to take palce w/c 11th April.

Package Description

- Competitive salary

- Permanent Contract 


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