Assistant Publicist, Radio 2 & 6 Music

Job Introduction

We are looking for an Assistant Publicist to support the BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, BBC Music and Pop Music TV Communications team, providing 360 degree communications support for BBC content. Communications supports the BBC's strategic agenda by defending and enhancing the Corporation's reputation. Through press, publicity and corporate affairs, the team helps win internal and external support for the BBC's strategic choices.

Role Responsibility

As the Assistant Publicist, you will:

  • Providing communications support for BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, BBC Music and Pop Music TV, you'll be involved with planning and executing proactive publicity campaigns across traditional and digital media, identifying and managing reputational issues and crises, work with on-air talent, production executives and independent publicists, and working within a priority-based strategy.
  • The candidate will also lead publicity on agreed projects. As well as being the first point of call for incoming enquiries and handling routine press enquiries, you'll also be involved with the creation and implementation of 360 degree communications campaigns. 
  • Constantly seeking innovative ways to increase favourable media coverage and raise the profile of specific output, you'll establish and maintain effective working relationships and contacts with the media, national and regional newspapers and magazines, websites, TV and radio outlets. 
  • You'll be involved with co-ordinating press conferences, briefings, previews and press management at BBC events and handling requests for interviews and giving authority for viewing/listening to be arranged.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Experience in publicity or public relations is essential as is a passion for working in music, radio and television communications. 
  • You'll have demonstrable experience within a publicity environment with contacts in the music, radio and TV sector. 
  • A good understanding of the media environment is needed along with the news gathering process both in radio, television and print as well as a good news sense with ability to write crisp, clear and lively press releases and copy, which stimulates both press and public interest.
  • You'll have excellent and proven creativity with the ability to think laterally and outside the box, together with a hunger to constantly try new ideas. 
  • You'll be able to establish and maintain credibility and effective working relationships with a wide range of contacts - journalists, artists, senior managers, broadcasters and editorial staff. 
  • A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories is also essential.

Package Description

Band:   B
Contract type:  Permanent

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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