Head of Daytime & Early Peak

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

Job Introduction

BBC Content brings world-class creativity to our screens through some of the BBC's biggest brands. We are made up of a number of genres and services, including some of the best creative Commissioning and Business Operations teams from entertainment, comedy, drama, factual, daytime and sport.

The division brings together channels and commissioning with TV and Digital production to provide the best television and online content, wherever and whenever audiences want it.  We commission a range of high-quality content, including some of the UK’s most loved programmes such as Blue Planet, EastEnders, Peaky Blinders and Strictly Come Dancing.  

The Daytime & Early Peak team comprises of a number of Commissioning Editors who are line managed by this role, in addition to dedicated Daytime & Early Peak roles within other functions including Planning, Scheduling, Audience Research, Business Affairs, Press, Social Media and Marketing.  The Head will lead this group both internally and externally, reporting to the Controller, BBC Programming & iPlayer.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with the Controller of BBC Programming & iPlayer to develop a multi-genre and audience-focused editorial plan that optimises the overall channel portfolio both for broadcast platforms and on BBC iPlayer.  This will involve ensuring that the editorial plan for Daytime and Early-Peak fits seamlessly with the overall channel strategies and editorial vision, as set by the Director of Content and the Controller, BBC Two.

You will have the opportunity to shape the pipeline of new programmes coming through to ensure they are high quality, distinctive, ambitious and diverse, and in some cases also capable of transferring to peak time.

You will line manage the team of Commissioning Editors responsible for developing and then delivering new programme ideas working with the wider production community.  This will include overseeing the good health and in many cases the refreshment of a broad range of existing programme brands across Daytime and Early-Peak output.

The Ideal Candidate

You will need to demonstrate deep expertise and experience in channel management and working with higher volume TV series.  Crucially, you will bring a thorough understanding of the way in which programmes are commissioned, financed and produced and an ability to innovate throughout the creative process.

You should have a significant understanding of current markets, trends and issues within the broadcasting industry and wider media sector, and deep knowledge of output across the whole of the BBC, as well as that of competitors.  We will expect you to bring experience in managing significant budgets and understanding key financial drivers. 

Key to success will be your skills as a convincing and persuasive communicator, able to establish effective and collaborative relations across BBC departments and external agencies/stakeholders where required.


Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Continuing
Location: 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 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 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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