Assistant Publicist, Content (Comedy & Entertainment)

Job Introduction

A fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Publicist has become available within Comedy and Entertainment.

The post-holder will support the Comedy & Entertainment communications team in providing 360 degree communications support for BBC content, planning and executing proactive publicity campaigns across traditional and digital media, identifying and managing reputational issues and crises, managing on-air talent, production executives and independent publicists.  You will be working within a priority-based publicity system and will also lead publicity on agreed projects.

Role Responsibility

As the Assistant Publicist, you will:

  • Supports the creation of communication materials and implementation of communication campaigns within specific area.
  • First point of call for incoming enquiries, handling routine press enquiries.
  • Establishes and maintains a network of contacts with the media, national and regional newspapers and magazines, websites, TV and radio outlets.
  • Co-ordinates events, press conferences and briefings, previews and handling requests for interviews.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external production departments, talent, their agents and representatives
  • Provides required information and writes copy to high standards of accuracy and on time.
  • Ensures any support systems used within the team are maintained and up-to-date and provides administrative and project support where necessary.
  • Contributes to – and leads where required - evaluation of work, collecting and analysing data and working with colleagues to assess impact of communications work.
  • Support the running of social media channels and assist with the production of assets for use online and social media

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience in publicity, public relations or journalism.
  • Good understanding of the media environment (including social media) and the news gathering process.
  • Ability to manage own workload effectively and assess priorities to meet conflicting deadlines, often at short notice and under pressure.
  • A good news sense with ability to write crisp, clear and lively news releases and copy, which stimulates both press and public interest.
  • Proven creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories.
  • Excellent IT skills, with the ability to adapt to new IT systems


  • Ability to create, edit and produce digital assets
  • Experience of organizing and managing events.

Package Description

Band:   B
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:   London-based role with some flexibility- ie hybrid working

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.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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


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