Head of Investigations Unit (Head of Journalism), BBC News

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

Job Introduction

The FCDO has given the BBC an extra £8 million to fund digital journalism related to disinformation and investigations. The areas of focus are Russian, China and India - stories from the territories themselves and stories about their influence and impact in the world.

This role will set up an Investigations Unit to deliver highly successful, impactful and news-making multimedia investigations, building on the successes of Africa Eye and  BBC Arabic documentaries.

The role will bring together the unique insight of World Service Languages and partner it with the best innovation in digital story-telling in the rest of BBC News.  The Unit will depend on tight links to other BBC departments, especially the Central Services team, which has a part in the commissioning group and in the new story teams. The Central Services team will also provide rollout, impact and high visibility across all WS Languages and the wider BBC News.

Role Responsibility

The Unit will partner with external open source organisations and indies to make first of a kind digital innovation linked to our storytelling. The aim is to deliver at least 10 high impact digital first documentaries on China, India and Russia in a year. These documentaries will be original BBC programmes, made in WS Languages and including commissions from Network News Current Affairs and acquisitions.

You will:

  • Recruit and set up the team to a very tight timescale
  • Develop ideas and see them through to completion
  • Partner with other organisations and areas of the BBC
  • Commission and acquire content.

The Ideal Candidate

Experience of working in the any of the three geographical areas and/or significant experience of running Investigative output are critical. Experience of data projects, development and design, are essential. We will also be looking for you to demonstrate proven evidence of digital story-telling and the ability to use investigations on a variety of platforms. 

As we look to build this team quickly experience of setting up a team from scratch and launching a new service/or output will be essential.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: 12 month FTC
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 (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.

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