Head of Journalism - News Radio

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Job Introduction

Through its audience reach and framing of the editorial agenda, the network radio newsroom is central to the success of BBC News. Our listeners span domestic and World Services, tuning in through Radio, Sounds, Voice and Online, listening live, catching up on the day’s events or via their favourite podcast.

A showcase for BBC journalism, the team is responsible for c. 17 hours of output per day, providing bulletins, summaries, programmes and podcasts for Radio 2, 3, 4, 6Music, World Service (English) and the Nations & Regions. In addition, it provides newspaper reviews for R4 and is responsible for the overnight service on 5live. 

It is the 24/7 spine of the news coverage on the networks it serves, with its journalism being consumed by tens of millions of people every day. Its journalism is subject to the highest scrutiny, with audiences relying on it for accurate, impartial and well-judged coverage of the UK and the world. 

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Senior News Controller, the Head of Journalism for News Radio will lead the network radio newsroom with full editorial responsibility for all its radio news output. We are looking for someone who can set the editorial agenda, who will lead, motivate, challenge and develop our brilliant teams of journalists and support staff to spot and explain the stories, issues, and trends that matter to our audiences. 

Leading a team of c.170 people, you will ensure the delivery of original, authoritative, high impact journalism. As part of the News senior leadership team you will be key to the success of the wider News strategy, helping to embrace and shape new approaches to modernise radio news output. 

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a deep understanding of the audiences and how to engage them. A broad range of knowledge is essential on subjects ranging from politics, international relations, social policy, and business to sport, technology, science, and the arts. Having an acute editorial judgement, a willingness to question the received wisdoms and the ability to make the right decision quickly is also important.

You will be a great collaborator, working closely with the radio networks as well as the rest of News, and be equipped with the skills needed to manage a multi-million-pound budget and run the newsroom in a cost-effective manner. You will possess the robustness, openness and finesse to deal with external pressures and complaints and be able to justify output to listeners via feedback forums.

Further requirements

  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
  • A high level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC policy.
  • Understanding and experience of leading teams. Ability to recruit, motivate and develop editorial staff to make innovative and imaginative output.
  • Ability to make major decisions with authority and under pressure and to identify, prioritise and interpret the key stories of the day.
  • Ability to manage resources, staff, technical facilities and budgets, to make challenging programmes in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Experience of successfully leading change. 
  • Ability to inspire imaginative and innovative production creativity
  • Ability to build relationships/rapport with a variety of key people e.g. presenters, guests and contributors.
  • A good appreciation of studio production techniques.
  • Knowledge of Industrial relations

Package Description

Band: L
Contract type: Permanent
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.

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

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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. 

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