Chief Presenter, BBC Breakfast

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

Job Introduction

BBC Breakfast is seeking a Chief presenter to work with Dan Walker, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on the UK’s most watched morning show. With 6 million viewers every morning, the flagship Breakfast show combines news, sport, business and entertainment with real life stories. The key role is to inform and entertain viewers with everything they need for the day ahead.

Role Responsibility

A BBC Breakfast presenter needs to combine the knowledge and confidence to deal with the main stories and the ability to entertain and inform millions of viewers

We are looking for someone with significant broadcasting experience who is confident at setting the day’s agenda in a way that is relevant and relatable to the BBC Breakfast audience.

The normal working pattern will be based around 3 days a week (normally Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with some flexibility to work other days on the programme if needed. Working hours include prep time, pre records, travel and location work (outside broadcasts) when needed.   

The role is based at MediaCity, Salford.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate must combine the unique challenge of this key role on BBC One broadcasting to a mass mainstream audience and delivering our highest standards of public service journalism.

They will also be as comfortable discussing popular culture and real life issues as they are in politics and news. You will be authoritative and experienced and can handle breaking news, whilst also being warm, entertaining and able to offer our viewers great company to create a daily viewing habit.

In this role the presenter needs to demonstrate the ability to connect and reflect the diversity of the UK.

The successful candidate will have:

  • The ability to combine the unique challenge of BBC One broadcasting to a mass mainstream audience and delivering our highest standards of public service journalism.
  • Significant experience of interviewing a broad range of guests, both live and pre-recorded, from senior politicians and major public figures to guests with an emotive story.
  • Demonstrable experience and skills of presenting network news magazine programme that involve a large amount of unpredictable live content and the ability to fill gaps and adapt seamlessly when required.
  • Regular presenting of network Outside Broadcasts and prepared to travel across the UK, or abroad, as requested.
  • Ability to identify and develop news lines within a live interview.
  • Excellent knowledge of a broad range of subject areas from politics and national issues through to mainstream sports and popular culture.
  • Demonstrable and deep understanding of the BBC Breakfast audience and agenda with the ability to connect with viewers around the UK.
  • Skilled at presenting across different media platforms, with a proven ability to make impact on digital media.
  • Experience of instilling confidence in editorial and production teams, working collaboratively with them by being involved in the preparation and planning of output content and bringing programme ideas to the table.

For more information the role and candidate requirements, please refer to the attached job description (to be read in conjunction with the Chief Presenter generic JD). 

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for this role please follow the application process in Careers Hub. You will need to;

1) Upload your CV and complete the tailored questionnaire (as part of this we'll ask you to tell us why you consider you would be perfect for this role and what you will bring to the programme).

2) Using the following link, please submit a showreel of between 5-10 mins that demonstrates the skills set out in the main responsibilities.

Package Description

Band: Fp 

Contract: Permanent (26.25 hours per week)

Base: MediaCity, Salford

  • 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.

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.

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

About the BBC

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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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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

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