Assistant Editor x 2, Newsbeat

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

Job Introduction

Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and provides news to meet the needs of the network’s target audience of 15-24 year olds.  It’s a highly creative multi-media team, maintaining and developing an agenda that’s relevant to the audience across all platforms.

Newsbeat has a strong track record for delivering diverse and original journalism which makes an impact internally and externally across platforms creating content for radio, TV, digital including social platforms and iPlayer and Sounds.

In 2022, Newsbeat will move to Birmingham which is part of broader BBC changes planned to focus on younger audiences. The post holder will support the teams through the Modernising BBC News changes and relocation to Birmingham.

Role Responsibility

As an Assistant Editor, you will be a senior member of the radio management team and will provide strong editorial leadership in shaping daily news coverage, supporting original journalism as well as planning and commissioning stories.  You will oversee all aspects of the output and manage production budgets.

You will play a key role in managing the team and will create an environment that brings out the best in everyone, fostering good relationships and providing regular quality feedback, assisting with staff development and appraisals, recruitment, setting of objectives, and as an advocate for innovation, you will keep across the latest developments and innovations in storytelling.

You will take a lead role in ensuring our content reaches as many people on as many different platforms as possible and be an advocate for collaboration, supporting the development of relationships across the BBC, representing Newsbeat at internal and external meetings.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for an experienced journalist with a clear understanding of the strategic direction of radio and of our Newsbeat audience with a vision on how to reach our current and new audiences with distinctive and engaging journalism when and wherever they want it.  Someone that will not be afraid to try new ways of storytelling.

Commissioning and delivering high-impact original journalism for young audiences, you should have a strong sense of how stories can make an impact on radio and other platforms and a track-record supporting, driving and delivering high impact original journalism.

You will be responsible for directly line managing a team; you will harness a culture of fairness, collaboration and inclusivity and have the ability to give constructive feedback to get the most from your team also have the resilience to successfully manage them through change.  You will have the know-how to support the team to generate fresh ideas and the production flair to help turn those ideas into engaging content with a strong understanding of what works on radio and digitally.

The role requires someone with the ability and confidence to take tough editorial decisions and cope with conflicting demands in pressurised situations, often working independently.

Package Description

Band: E

Contract: Permanent x 2 (1 start ASAP & 1 start May)

Base: Birmingham (you will be required to work in London initially until the move to Birmingham is complete)

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

Please note: The application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire.  Additionally, you will be asked to submit your response to one question over our video interviewing software.  If you experience any issues, please contact 

There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio section.


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

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