Assistant Editor, The World at One and PM

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Job Introduction

The World At One prides itself on rigorous and original investigation. It takes meticulous care in its assembly of all the evidence the listener needs to make a judgement about the key stories of the day. The programme has a strong reputation for political coverage in particular but aims to put clever, creative and sometimes uplifting use of audio and reporting at the heart of its content.   

PM aims to provide sharp, distinctive and creative coverage of the day’s news events, with Evan Davis’s interviews an important part of the programme. PM uses sound, wit and original treatments to provide serious and ambitious content; it has a close relationship with its audience. 

The department also produces two weekend programmes.

Broadcasting House is, to quote Paddy O’Connell, a ‘state of mind’, offering wit, depth and lateral thought in its coverage of the week’s news. 

The World This Weekend focuses on high quality national and international news, with the emphasis on creative ideas and inventive packages or essays and an eye to exploring new ideas and trends.


Role Responsibility

The World at One and PM department is looking to appoint an Assistant Editor for its dynamic, award-winning stable of programmes.

You will be comfortable working on all the programmes, able to adapt to leading and overseeing teams working on programmes with very diverse and distinctive agendas and sounds. You may be required to adopt various roles within the department, for example being in charge of the weekend output. Our assistant editors are responsible for high level and complex editorial decisions, and for driving our original journalism. You will be expected to deputise on occasion for the editors of PM and The World at One, and to line manage staff, including our reporters. You will be very well organised and hard working.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of our audiences and of what makes good radio. You will have original ideas on how to communicate and contextualise complex stories in a way that resonates with and relates to the listeners.

  • You will be a first class journalist with natural curiosity and a wide range of interests, including domestic politics and the broad domestic and global news agenda. 
  • You will be an experienced programme maker and have the ability and experience to lead a talented team of reporters and producers. You will have experience of managing complex editorial and personnel issues. You will have excellent communication and people-management skills.
  • Either a professional journalist or a senior operational professional with extensive editorial experience of domestic broadcast news and the ability to develop and implement new and innovative approaches to programme structure and content.
  • Proven editorial judgement, able to make sound decisions promptly.
  • A detailed understanding of current techniques and technology for newsgathering and production. An ability to use new technologies to create opportunities to enhance output and improve working practices.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of more than one team, resolving conflicts as necessary.
  • Can identify a concept along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short, medium and longer-term. · Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
  • Able to prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing, programme budgets and resource requirements.
  • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances.
  • An understanding of health and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting.

The role includes weekend working.


Package Description

Salary: Competitive

Contract: Permanent

Base: London

Intended interview date; 13th January 2021 (Zoom)

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

About the Company

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