Correspondent - Political

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

Job Introduction

This is a high profile role in Scottish Journalism and you’ll make a significant contribution to BBC Scotland’s political coverage across all our platforms.  Your reporting and analysis will help shape and influence public debate.  Your judgement and interpretation of political stories will guide our audiences through often complex and confusing issues.  You will demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and impartiality at all times.   

The task is to look beyond the daily news agenda and use your political expertise and contacts to generate original journalism and analysis, find the next story or develop a new angle for the BBC.  The primary editorial focus will be on Scotland output and how wider political events impact on Scotland and our audiences.  However, you will regularly be expected to influence and contribute to the news agenda across the organisation and therefore appear on multiple BBC outlets and platforms. 

Role Responsibility

  • Deliver impartial reporting and analysis and consistently achieve high impact journalism
  • Explain and interpret the workings of government and parliament at a Scotland and UK level - and other relevant devolved institutions and organisations -  in clear and concise terms for all our audiences. 
  • Meet the highest journalistic standards and fully observe the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines at all times - with impartiality at the very centre of the role.   
  • Interpret the news and place events in a wider context.
  • Ensure that output reflects all our communities - a commitment to diversity of representation, portrayal and thought. 
  • Use all formats and platforms available to tell the story in the most appropriate way - with a particular focus on reaching underserved and difficult to reach audiences.
  • Exploit our digital space to ensure that audiences have a digital first offer of trusted news and analysis.  
  • Demonstrate an ability to work within a team; make a positive contribution to a culture of integrity and co-operation.
  • Brief and advise editorial/production colleagues on relevant topics and events.
  • Advise programmes across the BBC about suggested coverage and stories, portrayal of political events and appropriate programme interviewees, helping to ensure a full diversity of voices.
  • Generate live (give accurate updates and analysis whilst events unfold) and packaged content from the field and in the studio for all outputs including flagship TV and radio programmes and digital material.
  • Work to tight deadlines while maintaining high editorial standards.
  • Carry out duties at all times in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Evidence a significant track record in journalism - show aptitude for telling the story with appropriate pace, style and authority.
  • Exercise a high level of editorial judgement under pressure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to impartiality and be able to articulate the differences between impartiality, balance and professional judgement.  
  • Understand all relevant aspects of Scottish Politics in its widest context, including other institutions which affect government.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works with others to be part of a team.
  • Know different BBC platforms/services and their audiences.
  • Improve diversity across the range of story-telling techniques, understand and articulate how individual differences can benefit the organisation.
  • Prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines and resource requirements.
  • Communicate clearly, adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • Flexible and adaptable under pressure to meet deadlines, changing priorities and circumstances.
  • Follow BBC safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permament
Location: Glasgow, Pacific Quay

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 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.

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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