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Journalist, Radio Coventry and Warwickshire

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

Job Introduction

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire is a successful radio station at the Centre of the UK City of Culture 2021 with a mix of award-winning presenters providing news, sport, entertainment and conversation to a diverse audience in our region.

We’re looking for a experienced and confident newsreader to join our news team.  You’ll be a big part of some of our key daytime output.  As well as a strong broadcasting voice, you’ll be creative with audio, have a crisp writing style, and quick to spot and chase stories.  You’ll be ambitious, and understand our audience.  This role includes weekend working, and some reporting and programme production. 

Role Responsibility

You will be part of our news team, working across key daytime topical/news programmes and our news bulletins.  You’ll be one of the voices of our news output, so will be able to produce and present high-quality, creative bulletins.  Working closely with the News Editor and/or the Assistant Editor, you’ll make sure our bulletins and programmes as creative and dynamic.  

You’ll work with colleagues to make sure your stories deliver to digital audiences, thinking about our social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter as well as BBC News Online and BBC Sounds.  You will work within a team on a shift basis and will be expected to be confident in making editorial decisions on breaking stories as well as having the ability to generate your own original stories and ideas.  

Every day, you will work closely with other news and programme teams in Coventry and across the region, so that stories are delivered both online and on the radio/TV with maximum impact across the day.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have significant experience in broadcast journalism, and a first-class broadcasting voice.  You’ll work closely with producers, reporters and presenters and have an impressive understanding of daily news/journalism in our patch. You’ll know the sorts of stories and creative treatments that will interest and engage our audience. We’d expect you to have a clear vision of how to translate stories into lively radio, and be as excited to break news or develop your own exclusives over time.  You’ll have great personal skills as a negotiator, diplomat and influencer, and the ability to integrate into our Coventry team and draw effectively on the BBC’s wide range of resources.

You must be able to think up creative and original treatments for stories and present ideas for original journalism.  Additionally, we are looking for an individual who have a good understanding of our audiences - present and potential, radio and digital to ensure we accurately reflect all under-represented communities and younger audiences within the region.  We want a person who is bursting with ideas and creative treatments, someone who is passionate about our area and making great radio. 

If this job is of interest to you please contact Michelle Dawes, news editor or Terry Goodwin Assistant Editor, for further information,

All candidates will need to send a demo no longer than 3 minutes of news bulletin presentation to the above email addresses at the time of submitting their application.   

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: 12 Month FTC/Attachment

Location: Coventry

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.​

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, sexuality, social 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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