Chief News Correspondent, Nine O'Clock News

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Job Introduction

BBC Scotland’s new Nine O’clock news programme is looking for a Chief News Correspondent to lead its reporting. We’re looking for someone who will become a key figure in our family of onscreen faces, providing authoritative storytelling, creative treatments and a raft of original stories to the programme.

The Nine O’clock news (subject to Ofcom approval) will be an hour-long weeknight news programme (with shorter bulletins at the weekend), featuring the best of Scottish, UK and international journalism with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract a new audience to the BBC and to combine the best of BBC talent with some new faces. We launch in February next year.

The Nine Chief News Correspondent will be a key role, often covering one of the biggest Scottish stories of the day, but also expected to lead our original journalism, and occasionally travelling to big stories in the rest of the UK and abroad. 

Role Responsibility

The role will involve reporting on what will often be the top Scottish story of the day.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the news agenda and be used to working on the most complex of stories. They’ll be able to explain those stories in a clear, informal and warm manner to the audience. They will be an accomplished package maker and really comfortable with live broadcasting both in a studio setting and on location. As well as covering the news agenda, the successful candidate will be required to contribute fully to the programme’s remit to bring original stories to the audience.

They will need to make all of their stories distinctive and fresh for a programme which needs to stand out from the competition. While the majority of their assignments will be in Scotland, some travel both around the UK and across the world will be required. They will be required to work unsociable hours and there will be a degree of unpredictability.

There may be occasional presenting duties as part of this role. Your focus will be the new Nine O’clock news programme but we are aiming to enhance all of our news output and there will be times where you will be required to broadcast on other BBC outlets, both in Scotland and on BBC network programmes. The programme aims to put all of its best journalism on digital platforms, and you’ll be required to create great digital content alongside your TV pieces. 

Important Application Information

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a link to a showreel. We are unable to consider your application if you do not submit a showreel.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll be a world class reporter or correspondent with a reputation for brilliant storytelling, the ability to make complex issues clear, and an eye for stand out visual story telling.

You’ll be able to adopt an informal, conversational tone in your reporting, and establish good onscreen relationships with the presenting team. You will have endless ideas for creative story telling techniques to make sure our journalism is unique.

You’ll be comfortable working alone or as part of a team, and on short news items, longer features and special commissions and series. You’ll be a confident, engaging and authoritative live broadcaster, calm under pressure and have a strong track record on reporting breaking news.

You’ll have a hunger for a story and a flair and instinct for original journalism. You’ll have a strong sense of how to adapt your journalism for a digital audience, and how to broaden the news agenda to reach audiences traditionally underserved by the BBC. 

Package Description

Proposed Band E

Base: Glasgow

Contract: Continuing.  If internal, we would consider a request for an attachment

We anticipate an Autumn start for the successful candidate.​

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC.  We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.  

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About the Company

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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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