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Journalists, BBC World News Talent Pool - Freelance PAYE

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

Job Introduction

BBC World News is the BBC’s most watched TV channel – viewed by nearly 100 million people a week and available in more than 300 million households around the world.

The BBC has been committed to journalistic excellence for more than 80 years. BBC News aims to provide access to the information and ideas everyone needs to make sense of an increasingly complex world on whatever platform they chose. Through its emphasis on specialist knowledge, international newsgathering and its breadth of programmes, BBC News seeks to deliver a complete news package, covering arts, science, sports, politics, business and world affairs. With its team of 2,000 highly trained journalists and over 40 news bureaux, BBC News strives to bring impartial and trusted news reporting to audiences all over the globe.

Role Responsibility

We’re creating a talent pool of producers on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us at peak times.

You’ll work effectively as part of the team within BBC World News as directed on a variety of duties:  writing and producing world news stories for TV using text, stills, video and graphics; gathering and working on information from various sources such as UGC and social media; writing headlines, structuring sequences and stories and working on OBs if required; contributing to the planning and origination of new angles and stories.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need a good knowledge of our editorial agenda, sharp production and writing skills and be able to respond to a fast-moving news environment. Candidates should enjoy working under pressure and bring plenty of story, contributor and production ideas to the role. You will be expected to work across our platforms and have an understanding of the different production methods as well as audience needs. You will be comfortable with technology and social media, able quickly to pick up new skills and turn ideas into engaging coverage. You will need a thorough understanding of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and values or the ability to pick this up quickly.

Assessments are expected to take place in April 2019.  Those successful after the Assessments will be invited to an interview.

Please note that you are required to complete a tailored application questionnaire as well as your CV.  Please keep to the word count for each of the questions were specified.

Package Description

All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance PAYE basis.

Appointment to the Talent Pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.  However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

Any freelance work offered will be carried out at our New Broadcasting House office in Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

Any work offered with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

About the BBC

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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