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Commissioning Editor, Podcasts, BBC Radio & Music

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

Job Introduction

Radio & Music Multiplatform is the department responsible for the digital development of BBC Radio and Music brands and content on a range of platforms. We pioneer and deliver audience-facing services online, on Red Button, DTV, DAB and in social media spaces.

Podcasting is a key route to reaching new audiences for the BBC’s audio content and attracting users to the new audio product.  There is potential for the BBC to become a successful podcast platform in the coming years.  This editor, reporting to the Head of Digital, BBC Radio and Music will play a key role in leading and implementing the BBC's podcast strategy across the BBC.

Role Responsibility

You will define the commissioning pattern for podcasts across the BBC, through communicating the BBC’s podcasting strategy and leading the commissioning of new forms of podcasts for younger audiences. You will be required to analyse the rapidly developing and changing podcast market and lead in the curation of podcasts both in the audio product and for Podcast aggregators.  You will co-ordinate the distribution of podcast to platforms to ensure a steady flow of original content and advise all producers on the best ways to make radio programmes effective in the podcast space.  You will work on partnerships with external suppliers, co-producers and aggregators and will work closely with Business Affairs on the BBC’s commercial podcast strategy outside the UK.  As the key point of contact for podcast indication partners, you will be required to lead a small team that will manage the podcast curation and syndication, generating creative ideas for future commissioning rounds as well as manage a budget for podcast innovation.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have substantial experience of commissioning original audio with an understanding of the costs and processes of Radio Production, in addition to being an expert on a range of digital platforms.  You will need demonstrable expertise in working with and commissioning podcasts with a deep understanding of the technical and editorial requirements for success in podcasting. You will have an excellent insight and understanding of the various platforms for podcasting and experience in curating audio content on digital platforms.  You will have the ability to interrogate and explain audience insights and data around podcasting, with the ability to devise and communicate a strategy.  

Package Description

Grade 11D / Proposed band F


Continuing contract

About the BBC

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


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