Executive Editor, Today programme, Radio 4

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

Job Introduction

The Today programme is the most listened programme on R4 and is the BBC’s flagship news programme. Its ambition is to set the news agenda for the day ahead.  It extends its insights and expertise across the widest range of topic areas, scrutinising events and key decision-makers and making full sense of the changing UK and world.

The Executive Editor reports to a Senior News Controller and is a senior editorial role in BBC News and must have a clear vision on how to take the programme forward.  They will be tasked with maximising the impact of Today journalism, increasing the listening time of existing listeners and attracting new audiences.

Role Responsibility

  • To provide editorial and creative leadership for a team that makes impact through original journalism and creative story-telling.
  • To be equally comfortable whether driving forward and making sense of daily news stories or identifying and explaining longer-term themes and trends.
  • To originate stories and programme ideas/material; to enthuse and encourage the team to engage in the ideas process
  • To set 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 News’ strategy and with the BBC Values.
  • To ensure programmes are delivered within budget and in the most cost effective manner possible.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced programme maker displaying high developed journalistic and editorial decision-making.  The role requires resilience; confidence; assured leadership with excellent communication skills; an enthusiasm for collaboration with other editors; and a commitment to managing and developing a first rate team.  You’ll to be able to demonstrate:

  • Highly developed news and current affairs judgement from extensive experience of broadcast journalism at a senior level
  • The ability to make major decisions on matters of editorial sensitivity with authority and under pressure
  • Creativity, imagination and flair
  • A track record of originating programme ideas/stories that create impact
  • An understanding of how to maximise the impact Today’s journalism on BBC News’s digital and audio platforms; on network; and externally
  • A high level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC and News Directorate policy
  • The ability to manage in a cost effective manner the finances of a complex programme budget
  • Passion for a healthy work culture, based on transparency, openness, collaboration, trust and respect

Package Description

Band: Leadership
Contract type: Permanent/continuing
Location: New Broadcasting House, London

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 (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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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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