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Content Editor, Football Focus, BBC Sport

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

Job Introduction

From the World Cup to the Olympics, 6 Nations and Wimbledon, BBC Sport is at the heart of the world’s major sporting events. Throw in our flagship shows such as Match of the Day and Sports Personality of the Year and we truly have a portfolio to shout about..  BBC Sport is looking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic Assistant Editor to work on our Football Focus show.

Role Responsibility

Football Focus is the longest running and most watched football magazine programme in the UK. The show aims to capture “fun and excitement of the fan ahead of the weekend’s football” and the CONTENT EDITOR  will be expected to deliver a weekly show meeting that aim. The applicant will have significant editorial responsibility and will be expected to output the weekly programme as well as plan ahead for the season. The applicant will be expected to drive the creative vision for the show, formulate their own ideas and produce running orders for the shows alongside managing the week to week filming of the series. This would include the departmental strategic aim of reaching new, young and diverse audiences more frequently.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have substantial experience in television, radio and/or multi-media production as a Sports Producer or Journalist with proven editorial judgement, flair and the ability to make valid decisions quickly.

A thorough knowledge of football and the Premier League in particular is essential along with proven leadership skills; managing individuals and teams of multi-skilled staff

You will have a detailed understanding of the logistical requirements of producing TV Sport and magazine programmes in particular with a practical awareness of the latest technology applicable to broadcasting.

Cross platform working is a key BBC Sport strategic aim and you will need to have significant experience in cross-platform working. 

A good knowledge of the major digital platforms and the differences between them in terms of potential and how they can be exploited is required.

The successful candidate will support the Lead Executive for Football and be responsible for the identification and development of a diverse talent on and off-screen. Promoting diversity within the content or output and within the workforce delivering it. 

The applicant will give office based editorial support, to the Football Lead Executive, Creative Lead, and Production Manager and help to deliver - on budget - the various programmes throughout the season. 

Package Description

Contract type: 1 x FTC / Attachment till end of May 2021
Location: Mediacity 

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 BBC

Please note you need to have the right to work in the UK to apply.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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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