Director, BBC England
The BBC in England provides a rich mix of content across TV, Radio and Digital platforms for local and UK audiences. Our core tasks of reflecting society in all its different aspects, providing impartial news and current affairs and showcasing local and regional stories, talent and creativity are as important today as at any time in our history. There is a strong appetite for local and regional programmes on TV, Radio and Online, including award winning regional TV news programmes, the regional current affairs strand Inside Out and local elements of BBC One’s Sunday Politics. Local radio stations have a collective weekly audience of over six million and play an active role in local communities through local partnerships.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a Director, BBC England. This is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the BBC and is critical for us as we integrate English Regions into Nations & Regions Division, enabling greater collaboration between teams across the UK, while maintaining the important links with Network News and Radio & Education.
This high-profile role will have responsibility for representing the BBC across England to both internal and external stakeholders, providing strategic direction and overall leadership across England on all platforms across radio, TV and online.
As Director, England you’ll be accountable for ensuring we deliver an audience-focused and authoritative service across all platforms whilst retaining the highest editorial standards. A natural Leader, you will ensure we reflect the diversity of England on all platforms whilst creating a strategy that encourages and develops a wider range of voices and faces on the air. You will report to the Director N&R and work collaboratively with the other Nations Directors to develop and deliver compelling content across the UK; contributing to Divisional and wider BBC’s activities and aims.
The Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a Director with proven leadership gained in a large complex organisation. You will have the credibility and experience to manage such a diverse portfolio and will have a passionate interest in local audiences in England. Furthermore, you will demonstrate the ambition and creativity to deliver significant audience impact and will have the ability and profile to be a key player in the creative sector and within the wider BBC. You will be able to evidence a track record of success in a senior editorial role. Experience over a range of output from news and current affairs to feature programmes; of making judgements on editorial values is crucial.
The role will be based in one of the BBC’s regional centres in England; please note that travel will be required across regional locations.
About the BBC
At the BBC we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK and Northern Ireland. The BBC positively encourages applications from all parts of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity. It is important to the BBC that all employees come from and reflect the different communities across the UK. We value their understanding, experience and knowledge which enable us to communicate with our audiences.