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Head of Journalism, PM & Broadcasting House, Radio 4

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

Job Introduction

The Head of Journalism will be tasked with leading two of Radio 4s flagship output – PM and Broadcasting House;  maximising the impact of journalism, increasing the listening time of existing listeners and attracting new audiences.

PM is R4’s long-running early evening news and current affairs programme. Its ambition is to creatively and thoughtfully assess the day’s news but also find space for off-diary stories and in-depth interviews. 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.

Broadcasting House is a weekly R4 morning news programme which has developed a closer relationship with audiences than many news outlets. It offers an extensive review of the Sunday papers and an expert appraisal of news developments and themes. It also finds space for original and often irreverent takes on topics less in the immediate news eye.

Role Responsibility

This person will;

  • Provide editorial and creative leadership for a team that makes impact through insightful and original journalism.
  • Be equally comfortable whether driving forward and making sense of daily news stories or identifying and explaining longer-term themes and trends.
  • Originate, source and deliver stories that ensure a diverse range of voices are delivered to the programme; to enthuse and encourage the team to engage in the ideas process
  • Set ambitious objectives for a diverse workforce, and ensuring these objectives are achieved through regular feedback and discussion.
  • Maintain an open, collaborative, trusting culture in line with News’ strategy and with the BBC Values.
  • Ensure programmes are delivered within budget and in the most cost-effective manner possible.


Are you the right candidate?

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will be an experienced programme maker displaying highly developed journalistic and editorial decision-making.  They will work closely with the Editor of The World at One & The World This Weekend, particularly on staffing matters. 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 editorial 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
  • A track record of originating programme ideas/stories that create impact
  • Demonstrable skills to lead, manage and develop a talented and diverse team of editorial and support staff
  • An understanding of how to maximise the impact of PM’s journalism on BBC News’s digital and audio platforms; and externally
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Track record of working collaboratively
  • The ability to effectively manage the finances of a complex programme budget
  • Passion for a healthy work culture, based on transparency, openness, collaboration, trust and respect

Please see attached brief which we are asking candidates to complete as part of their application


Package Description

Band: Leadership
Contract type:Permanent
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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the BBC

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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