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Journalist -Radio (WM-Birmingham)

Job Introduction

BBC Radio WM is one of the leading stations in the local radio network and is looking for an enthusiastic broadcast journalist to join the team. We need a bulletin reader with an exceptional voice who knows how to write and deliver powerful output on radio and social media.
The successful candidate will primarily work as a reader, however, will also be needed to cover other roles across the rota, including production and reporting.

We serve a diverse and dynamic area across the West Midlands including Birmingham and the Black Country. Our offices are in the Mailbox in Birmingham.

You'll work within an ambitious team where your creativity, hard work and achievement will be celebrated. It is always an extremely busy patch, especially at the moment as we head towards the Commonwealth Games.

Role Responsibility

Your main responsibilities will include reading hourly news bulletins and half past headlines. You will chase stories and turn them round quickly for bulletins. You will keep on top of the local and national news agenda, making check calls and curating the email news inbox. In addition, you will be expected to work closely with programme teams and clip interviews for bulletins and work with reporters to make sure their stories are reflected appropriately in bulletins. You will produce and upload our 'on demand' voice bulletin for smart speakers. You will liaise with BBC Midlands Today and Online, chasing stories for the next day or the next shift as well as leaving a full and detailed handover for the next news reader.     

Are you the right candidate?

You will be an experienced Broadcast Journalist, skilled in radio production techniques, with first class writing skills and a great voice for radio. You will need to have experience of reading radio bulletins. The successful candidate will be an ambitious and dynamic individual; a self-starter with plenty of initiative, a great team player who recognises and harnesses the skills and talents of others to deliver the best possible output. You will have sound editorial judgment and thorough knowledge of broadcast law. You will be required to operate the full range of our broadcast equipment.

  • Experience in Journalism, strong writing skills as well as an excellent broadcasting voice
  • A passionate for news reading and an understanding of how to engage an audience using creativity and innovation
  • An understanding of how to write excellent top lines and distil a story into three lines
  • An understanding of BBC Radio WM audiences and an ability to recognise stories which will have the biggest impact on our station
  • Adept at social media to support the delivery of stories

** Important Application Information **

Please prepare a voice demo of a news bulletin, (3 minutes maximum). 

This should be submitted by the closing date to:chris.blakemore@bbc.co.uk  

Applications without a supporting voice demo will not be considered.  

For more information about the role please contact the Managing Editor: Patrick.g.hart@bbc.co.uk or Senior journalist nina.lammiman@bbc.co.uk.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Permanent 

Location: Birmingham

Application process: You will be asked to fill in a diversity questionnaire which is confidential and not seen by the hiring manager. You will then be asked to:

·       upload your CV 

·       complete an eligibility questionnaire  

·       answer questions specific to the role.

.       Prepare and submit a voice demo of a news bulletin (3 minutes maximum)

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page.

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.​

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites.  Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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