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Digital News Editor

Job Introduction

BBC News is looking for a visionary Digital News Editor to lead UK and global digital and social output. The executive editor will lead one of the most trusted and used news services into the future with the ambition of being more important and more useful to many different audiences. 

Announcements in January 2020 to modernise and restructure BBC News recognised the monumental changes in media habits and the growth and potential of digital audiences .  These imminent changes will grow the scope and profile of this role, the team and the work they are delivering.   

This is a rare opportunity to be part of the leadership team delivering the BBC News mission “Distinctive, Trusted, Engaging Everyone, Every Day”.

Role Responsibility

As the Digital News Editor for BBC News, you will be part of the digital leadership team overseeing the strategic development of BBC News digital journalism, product and activity on third party platforms.

The role is responsible for the daily journalism across BBC News’ digital platforms and social media accounts. You will have both budget and line management responsibilities and will work closely with editors of TV and Radio output and specialist story teams ensuring the maximum impact and reach for BBC News journalism.

The Digital News Editor reports to Digital Director, Naja Nielsen, in the News Group Board.

Are you the right candidate?

The Digital Editor should be an outstanding journalist, able to ensure the highest editorial standards for all output on the BBC News apps, websites and social media accounts.

You will have delivered results through analytics and understand how to act on data insight, and how different markets develop.  A deep understanding of different formats and different audience needs at different times of day is also required.

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader, comfortable challenging the status quo, implementing a strategy, delivering results, embracing and enable inclusion, creative, a change agent and ambitious.


Package Description

Band: Leadership 
Contract type: Permanent opportunity
Location: London

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.

About the BBC

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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