Entertainment reporter, News at Nine O'Clock
The BBC is launching a new 9pm news programme early next year, and we are hiring an entertainment reporter to lead our entertainment news. We are looking for a person who has a real passion, knowledge and understanding of all aspects of entertainment news including celebrities, music, TV, film, books, popular culture, and a strong track record in entertainment reporting.
The new programme (subject to Ofcom approval) will be a nightly hour-long show (with shorter bulletins at the weekend) bringing Scottish, UK and international news together with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We aim to cover the whole world, but also cover Scotland better. This role will involve securing exclusive interviews and being responsible for original journalism, as well as reporting on entertainment stories from around the globe.
All of our new roles are as a result of new investment in news in Scotland, which is designed to enhance all of our journalism. The focus of this role will be to bring entertainment coverage to a new audience in Scotland, and the nine o’clock news programme and its digital presence will be the main vehicle for the content, but occasionally the role will work towards other parts of our output.
Your role will centre on making sure that the new nine o’clock news programme covers the entertainment news stories which matter most to people who live across the whole of Scotland. We aim to create a programme which shows Scotland in all of its diversity, and all communities in Scotland should feel that the show is for and about them. You’ll make sure we know about the best entertainment stories in Scotland, the UK and the world, you’ll have a hunger for original journalism, you’ll be able to source excellent guest contributors. You’ll be creative in your storytelling, able to report stories using a variety of storytelling techniques – and be equally happy researching and booking guests as reporting their stories yourself. The programme aims to be digital first; you’ll understand how to tell stories for a digital audience and your newsgathering will start with a digital audience front of mind. You’ll have a deep understanding of the entertainment news agenda, and a desire to broaden that agenda for a new audience. You’ll be as comfortable covering a big breaking news story, interviewing a celebrity or conducting an in-depth investigation into an issue affecting an aspect of entertainment news.
You’ll understand the national and global entertainment agenda and find creative ways of illustrating these stories, but your real passion will be securing exclusive interviews and original journalism to make sure that the new nine o'clock news programme makes a big impact in leading the agenda and not just following it, in entertainment news. You’ll be expected to work alone or with a producer or camera crew. You will be expected to broadcast live and make packaged material.
You’ll also be expected to understand and work within the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines. The programme requires its journalists to be able to work until 10 PM and may require occasional weekend working. You’ll be expected to focus on the new programme, but will work at times on all of our output.
Are you the right candidate?
You’ll have a passion for entertainment stories, drive to secure exclusive interviews, aptitude for original journalism and expertise to be able to report on the big entertainment news stories.
You’ll understand the programme’s target audience, and have a real sense of the sort of stories which will appeal to this audience. You’ll have a good understanding of all aspects of entertainment news and be able to operate on a breaking news story, a lighter feature or a longer planned film. You’ll be as happy both on screen as a live reporter, in films leading interviews with guests, as well as producing entertainment news stories. The ability to broadcast live with confidence and authority is vital.
You’ll have the energy, creativity and drive to contribute to a nightly, hour-long programme, often involving long days and unsociable hours. You will be part of a team based in Glasgow – but will be required to travel across Scotland and further afield on occasion – when the story requires. Good communication skills are vital to this role.
The application process.
Please note this is a two-stage application process.
Stage 1: Please click 'Apply for this Job' to complete and submit an initial online questionnaire via the Careers Hub.
Stage 2: If shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in a short video interview.
You must complete both parts of the application process in order to guarantee consideration.
CPF Proposed Grade D
Contract: Continuing. If you are an internal member of staff, we would consider a request for an attachment.
Interviews are expected to take place in September
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