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Editor, The Nine, BBC Scotland News

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

Job Introduction

BBC Scotland is looking for a new editor for its news and current affairs programmes on the BBC Scotland Channel - The Nine, The Seven, The Edit, and Seven Days.

The BBC Scotland Channel launched in February 2019.  At its heart is an hour-long news programme at 9pm each week-night, covering international, UK and Scottish news.

This has been a significant and exciting development in journalism in Scotland.

We are now looking for a successor to the launch editor, Hayley Valentine, who created a programme that reports the news around Scotland and the world through a Scottish lens, that reflects the diversity of modern Scotland, that is different from other TV news and current affairs programmes, and that showcases creative story-telling and original journalism. 

The new Editor will be an experienced journalist with a passion for broadcast news and a clear vision of how to build on the successes of The Nine and its sister programmes, and take them forward into the coming years.

The successful candidate will have a track record as a dynamic creative editorial leader; an understanding of the changing needs of TV news audiences; ideas for maximising the impact of The Nine’s best journalism across other platforms; a determination to include a broad and diverse range of stories, views and contributors; an enthusiasm for collaboration with other editors; and a commitment to managing and developing a first rate team.

Role Responsibility

  • To devise and deliver a strategic vision for the BBC Scotland Channel’s suite of News programmes into their second year and beyond.
  • To lead a team that produces brilliant programmes which stand out for their original journalism and creative story-telling.
  • To build on collaborative relationships across BBC Scotland News and network news to maximise the spread and impact of The Nine’s best    journalism.
  • To provide editorial and creative leadership for the Nine team, setting ambitious objectives for staff, and ensuring these objectives are achieved through regular feedback and discussion.
  • To maintain an open, collaborative, trusting culture in line with the department’s strategy and with the BBC Values.
  • To ensure programmes are delivered within budget and in the most cost effective manner possible.
  • To play a full part in the BBC Scotland News leadership team, sharing collective responsibility for the management of staff and development of output across the whole department, and the whole country.

Are you the right candidate?

Here are the qualities, skills and experience you’ll need to get the job:

  • Creativity, imagination and flair
  • Experience at a senior level of producing quality TV news and current affairs journalism.
  • Strong editorial judgement, with experience of (successfully) making difficult decisions on matters of editorial and legal sensitivity
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to inspire a team to deliver your editorial vision
  • Demonstrable success in all aspects of managing and developing staff.
  • An understanding of how to maximise the impact of TV journalism on BBC Scotland’s digital and audio platforms; on network; and externally.
  • Passion for a healthy work culture, based on transparency, openness, collaboration, trust and respect.
  • Deep knowledge of Scotland - its institutions, politics, history, culture, sport and people.

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Continuing/Permanent
Location: Glasgow, Pacific Quay

If you have any additional questions on this role, please contact Gary Smith,

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 holiday 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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