Journalist (5 Live Sport), BBC Sport

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

Job Introduction

From the World Cup to the Olympics, whether it’s Premier League football, The Ryder Cup, International Cricket or the top Tennis tournaments BBC Sport is at the heart of the world’s major sporting events. Our Radio Sport and Interactive teams make sure that every day, throughout the year our audiences are served with world class coverage of the live sport events as well as providing all the stories surrounding every sport.

The Radio Sport department provides all the sports event and programme content for both 5 Live and 5 Live’s sister station Radio 5 Sports Extra.  We are also the production team that has created and delivered award winning podcasts, That Peter Crouch PodcastFootball Daily and Rugby Union Weekly.   

We want BBC Sport’s output to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK and the experience of people from underrepresented groups (eg people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, people with lived experience of disability, individuals within the LGBTQ+ community and those from lower socio economic groups).  We are therefore actively seeking individuals with skills or experience that can help contribute towards ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate will help bring 5 live sport’s programming to life on digital platforms, from the Monday Night Club to the 5 live boxing podcast and behind the scenes content capturing at live sporting events. Working with others to develop treatments of the highest quality you will deliver creative and engaging content; working with our On Air talent & producers; using editing tools you will also have experience of packaging and editing digital material for social media.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will need to have experience of working in social media / digital production and be able to demonstrate strong editorial judgement and solid journalistic skills. You should have a passion for sport and be able to edit quickly using online tools, as well as write accurately and succinctly. Experience of how to find and generate trending sports content/stories/themes is also essential to promote the BBC’s Radio Sport and 5 Live content.

A wide knowledge of sport is a must but we would be interested to hear of any specialist knowledge and interest.

The job will often be unsupervised and require a large degree of initiative and creativity, with the high editorial, journalism and production values expected by the BBC.  You will have valid experience of making strong editorial judgements with the ability to make sound decisions in a pressurised ‘live’ broadcasting environment.

While this is their primary role, you may also be asked to work across different programmes, outputs or platforms.

This is not an entry level role, we're looking for candidates with experience within the area, please review the criteria.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 1 x Continuing
Location: Office base Mediacity when required, home working to be discussed.

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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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.

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