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Editor, The Archers

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

Job Introduction

The Archers is the BBC’s most famous and popular radio drama series attracting audiences of nearly 5 million. Following outgoing Editor, Sean O’Connor, you will be responsible for ensuring the continued success and further development of this iconic brand, together with skilful leadership of the production team, the cast and the writers.

Role Responsibility

You will look after the day-to-day editorial and managerial leadership of the Birmingham-based Archers team which includes established writers, actors and advisors and, together with Radio 4 and Head of Audio Drama, you will lead the overall story development.  You will need to be in place by September

Editor, The Archers  will report to the the Head of Arts, Documentaries and Drama in Radio & Music Production and is also accountable to the Head of Audio Drama UK and Radio 4 for the artistic and creative performance of the programme.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in drama production at a senior level with an established reputation for creating compelling content and demonstrable expertise in leading creative teams.   You will need to be responsive to new ideas and able to establish innovative ways of working, in accordance with the creative and practical demands of the series and the BBC’s financial requirements. You’ll need excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills as well as a proven ability to manage creative production teams skilfully.  You will also need experience of managing specialised drama budgets and dealing with finance and copyright issues. You will need to be comfortable with the high profile of The Archers and the unpredictable demands this brings, as well as with being a senior editorial leader committed to the BBC’s Birmingham base.

For further information please contact Rob Ketteridge, Head, Arts, Documentaries and Drama ( and Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama UK (

Package Description

Grade 11D


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