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Head of Religion, BBC

Job Introduction

BBC Audio North is part of BBC Audio. The departments which make up BBC Audio include: Arts, Docs and Drama, Factual, North, Bristol and Operations. Together the departments employ some 700 staff on seven bases in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Salford.

BBC Audio North produces a wide variety of programmes spanning religious and consumer journalism, worship, documentaries, poetry, classical and pop music. Based at MediaCity UK in Salford, the team produces output for Radio 2, 3, 4, 6 Music, the World Service and BBC Sounds. Our programmes include Moral Maze, Beyond Belief, Sunday, Good Morning Sunday, You and Yours Pick of The Week, Radio 4 quizzes, documentaries, as well as the Verb and Saturday Breakfast for Radio 3 and Heart and Soul for World Service. 

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a creative and ambitious leader to head religious and associated output on BBC Radio – including linear radio and podcasts. This is a high-profile and demanding role overseeing a wide range of journalistic and worship programmes, which currently includes Thought For The Day, The Moral Maze, Sunday and the Daily Service on Radio 4 as well as Choral Evensong on Radio 3.

As part of the wider Audio North leadership team you’ll play a key role in ensuring the continuing success of MediaCity UK within the BBC, taking full advantage of our out-of-London base.

 

Are you the right candidate?

We want someone with vision to develop multi-platform content to reach and reflect the lives, faith and beliefs of people from across the UK. You’ll have editorial flair and energy to inspire your team to create innovative and modern programmes rooted in a deep understanding of the importance of religion and its role in society. 

You’ll love developing a team and will know how to get the best out of people. We’re after someone who will encourage staff to experiment with tone, storytelling techniques and formats to find new ways of connecting with audiences. You will be committed to creating diversity in our content and our workforce and have ideas of how you’ll do it.

As leader of BBC Radio Religion you’ll have the knowledge and authority to advise senior leaders from across the organisation on faith-related issues. This includes regular input into strategy around religious output on BBC networks and channels as well as meeting external stakeholders including faith leaders and MPs.

You’ll have some experience in managing budgets and will understand the importance of deriving the best possible value for money for licence fee payers.

This is an exciting and important role in the BBC. We want someone with energy who understands the importance of religion for individuals as well as its significance in shaping the world.

We are keen to consider applicants from a wide range of sectors who have relevant experience and a track record of leading and motivating creative teams. If that sounds like you we’d love to hear from you. 

Please note that you will only be asked to submit a CV by way of application for this role (no supporting statement or cover letter). Please therefore ensure that your CV reflects as fully as possible the key skills which we have highlighted here in the job advert. 

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: 1 x continuing (permanent) contract
Location: MediaCityUK, Salford

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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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