Director of News & Current Affairs

Job Introduction

The BBC has engaged Korn Ferry to lead the recruitment process to find our new Director of News & Current Affairs The application deadline is midnight on Friday 22nd October 2021.

For applications, please email your CV and cover note outlining your rationale for applying to, with ‘BBC Director of News & Current Affairs’ in the subject header.

The BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs holds the UK’s biggest and most influential news role, leading almost 6,000 staff to deliver the most trusted news service in the world. Responsible for all the BBC’s UK-wide news and current affairs services, and the BBC World Service, you will deliver innovative and creative journalism to an audience of half a billion across the globe.

As Director of News and Current Affairs you carry the BBC’s news and current affairs brand to the UK and the rest of the world, imparting our core values of trust and impartiality. You will lead the industry in digital innovation to engage the audiences of tomorrow.

This is a critical BBC appointment – a member of the Executive Committee and expected to join the main BBC Board – playing a leading role in delivering the Corporation’s strategy of value for all audiences through our editorial and creative ambition, backed up by a world class culture.

Role Responsibility

You will be a key member of the BBC Executive Committee, with responsibility for implementation of the Corporation’s strategy and audience objectives. As Director of News and Current Affairs, you will have responsibility for the overall strategic direction and editorial output of the News and Current Affairs division, in the UK and across the world.

You will ensure our news and current affairs output meets the BBC’s high standards of impartiality and accuracy required under the BBC’s Charter and Editorial Guidelines.

You will be responsible for implementation of the BBC’s strategy and policy for news and current affairs, working with your leadership team and colleagues across the business to implement and execute the BBC’s strategic priorities.

You will work closely with the Nations division, to ensure that the BBC delivers a coordinated news and current affairs provision for audiences across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English Regions.

In leading the division, you will provide the creative leadership, inspiration and vision for BBC News and Current Affairs, enhancing the strength, depth and quality and audience value of the BBC’s services. You will seek to realise the potential and efficiency of all aspects of News output across our wide portfolio of services and teams.

The role reports to the Director-General, is a member of the BBC Executive Committee and is expected to join the BBC Board. It can be based in London or any of the BBC’s main UK bases, but will require substantial time in London, travel around the UK as well as international travel.

The Ideal Candidate

We will assess candidates against the following three essential criteria:

1. Strategic Leadership

  • Strategic capability to reshape BBC News and Current Affairs for the future, providing a clear editorial vision, a detailed market perspective and an ability to innovate.

2. Editorial Direction

  • Extensive and strong editorial leadership capability with a clear understanding of the requirements of impartiality and the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines.
  • Accountable and capable of leading through high pressure situations.
  • Demonstrable personal resilience and journalistic courage.

3. Culture setting

  • Able to set a strong and positive cultural tone, exemplifying the BBC’s values with a proactive and engaged leadership style, along with the confidence and robustness to drive change in News and Current Affairs.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. 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 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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