Duty Editor - BBC Three

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Job Introduction

BBC Three is the first public service broadcast channel to transition to a digital-first service. We make a range of experimental and innovative content created just for 16-34 year olds. Since our launch as an online brand, BBC Three has been a true pathfinder for the BBC and the wider industry, experimenting with new and unique ways of telling stories across different content forms and formats and with the means of distributing this content to young audiences in the places they are consuming content. Knowing that their media consumption is increasingly fragmented, were making sure that BBC Three content can be found on a variety of platforms, whether that is BBC One or Two, iPlayer, YouTube or social platforms. The quality of much of the content has been recognised by audiences and the industry, winning awards such as RTS Channel of The Year, Broadcast Digital Channel of the Year and BAFTAs for shows like Fleabag, Murdered by my Father and People Just Do Nothing. It is our ambition through BBC Three to be braver, more provocative and more of the moment than any other part of the BBC in an effort to engage and build our relationship with younger audiences.

Role Responsibility

Working as part of a team of Duty Editors within the publishing desk, you are responsible for ensuring BBC Three showcases the best of its content on BBC and other platforms.

As Duty Editor you are responsible for planning what content we publish and when. You will be responsible for ensuring all our content is in-line with the BBC Three tone of voice and will be responsible for bringing all our content together, ensuring it all fits the BBC Three style.

You will help the audience make sense of our proposition – whether that’s through the content itself or the way it’s curated on our website.  You will make sure user journeys encourage the audience to return and explore more of what we offer. 

You will ensure BBC Three content is distributed and optimized via the best means possible to reach the right audiences and communities. You will strive to improve reach and engagement and will also work closely with our Social Media desk to ensure all BBC Three content is optimized on Social platforms.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with extensive experience of publishing and promoting content on both online platforms and social channels.

A strong writer, you will know how to reach the right audience with high-quality content. You’ll need a proven track record in journalism and its associated skill sets – including experience of sub-editing, proofing and writing headlines. You will be a stickler for accuracy!

The role will involve creating, curating, complying and editing serious and important topics and making them accessible for young readers. As such, you will have experience of creating content specifically for young audiences and have a strong understanding of the issues that 16-34 year-olds are concerned with.

You should also have experience of analysing and interpreting audience analytics to help make reactive decisions and ensure the content reflects audience interests.


By ensuring BBC Three publishes content of the highest standard, you will contribute to improving brand awareness and so it’s vital you have experience of writing and editing to a house-style – ensuring a wide variety of content has a consistent tone and distinctive voice.

You will have experience of leading on projects as well as understanding when it’s important to take direction from others and will work well in both individually and within a team.

Package Description

Continuing Contract

Grade 9 / Proposed Band D

Based in Birmingham

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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.

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