Channel Editor, BBC Two

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Job Introduction

A recent restructure was undertaken within Television which saw the appointed of Charlotte Moore as Controller of TV Channels & I-Player. The new structure was designed to create a simplified and more co-ordinated strategy across BBC TV channels and encourage collaboration and simpler, more creative working processes between the channels.  Out of this restructure the role of Channel Editor, BBC Two has been created.

Reporting to the Controller of TV Channels & I-Player, the Channel Editor will support the development of the new multiplatform strategy, with a specific focus on implementing this on BBC Two providing the required creative leadership. This role will take on the management and running of the channel, commissioning and scheduling programming which enriches and absorbs viewers, ultimately enhancing its distinctive identity in our portfolio of public service channels. Championing creative risk, whilst asserting editorial independence, will ensure that BBC Two continues to deliver even higher quality and more distinctive content to its audiences.

What will be critical, in conjunction with the Channel Controller, TV Channels & I-Player, is that the distinctive and original voice that underpins BBC Two’s success continues to be clearly expressed with impact.  As a creative leader in BBC Television, this role should stimulate and nurture new ways of developing, producing and sharing our content across new digital media platforms.

 The BBC is rightly under constant public scrutiny and candidates will need to understand and appreciate this context and be happy to work within it, remaining impartial and being resilient under pressure. The media industry, and broadcasting in particular, is undergoing the most rapid and fundamental change since the BBC’s foundation. Candidates will need to embrace this and ensure BBC Two’s creative vision is translated in new forms of content, windows and platforms.

The successful candidate will play a role in developing the BBC’s commercial activities for the benefit of audiences and the wider industry. Implementing a more coordinated approach to the BBC’s commercial activities, working in new ways with BBC Worldwide and other commercial partners will enable the BBC to continue to grow its commercial income.

Role Responsibility

 Role Responsibilities

This role reports to the Controller, TV Channels & I-Player  (who will have ultimate accountability for the performance of all Channels) and will work collaboratively with them to shape the editorial strategy for BBC Two  and ensure delivery against this.

 ·         As creative leader, to shape BBC Two’s strategy and priorities to ensure a distinctive channel brand.

·         Working closely with Genre Commissioners, to commission high quality, distinctive programming based on sophisticated understanding of target audience needs for BBC Two

·         To work with genre commissioners and the programme making community to develop shared editorial strategies for the relevant genres to BBC Two        

·         Work closely with the Controller, TV Channels & I-Player  to develop an editorial plan that encourages the movement of ideas and talent as appropriate across all channels, whilst also identifying critical moments/seasons for BBC Two

·         To build a schedule that optimises return on investment, is distinctive, complementary and genuinely audience-focused and which delivers appropriate audience reach, share and appreciation indices.

·         To adjust schedules at short notice against major external developments. To ensure that output meets editorial compliance standards and delivers to external and to BBC targets and standards.

·         As a senior manager and creative leader within the BBC, to support the BBC’s values and purposes; to take part in and lead pan-BBC projects and initiatives.

·         Work closely with the  Director, Editorial Policy and Standards and responsibility for TV compliance  

·         To develop the BBC Two offering for the multiplatform and on-demand age, enhancing the reach, impact and value of BBC Two output to the widest possible audience, whatever the platform.

·         To develop and sustain strategic and mutually rewarding partnerships with in-house and independent suppliers, articulating clearly the genre commissioning strategies.

·         In collaboration with the programme making community, to nurture a strong, continuously invigorated production and on-screen talent base, and to ensure that the commissioning process is collaborative, efficient and supports creativity

·         To deliver to the BBC’s diversity objectives, and ensure they are integrated into every aspect of the business; namely reflecting the diversity of the UK across the breadth of commissioning decisions

·         To be responsible for the financial performance of the Channel, and ensure that forward programme investment delivers best value for money.

·         With Channel Controller and genre commissioners, to contribute towards achieving an effective portfolio strategy which offers the maximum benefit to the BBC’s audiences.

·         To represent the channel and the BBC at industry gatherings and conferences.

·         As a senior leader, to offer clear leadership to BBC Television and to take a full part in the overall direction and management of the Group.

·         To be aware of the full extent of the financial authority vested in the post, and to ensure that this is exercised in accordance with agreed financial arrangements.

·         Working with the senior management team and Safety Services, to ensure all staff are aware of their safety responsibilities. To ensure BBC Two adheres to BBC policy in all matters regarding Health & Safety.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidates will have many or all of the following experiences, behaviours and skills:


·         A recognised industry figure with extensive programme making experience

·         Experience in creating and aligning people around a creative vision

·         Sharp editorial judgement and the ability to generate and realise creative and original ideas and to assess commercial potential (namely delivering value to the BBC as the holder of significant budgets)

·         A sound understanding of the UK production business and emerging technologies

·         Track record of shaping policy and directing strategic issues in a complex environment

·         Public service broadcasting experience

·         Cross-platform experience

·         A strong practical understanding of BBC editorial guidelines and policies, with a proven ability to identify and manage issues that may challenge or conflict with editorial compliance


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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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