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News Director, BBC Scotland

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

Job Introduction

BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs are looking for a news director for a 6 month FTC/attachment to work across all of our television output.  This includes Reporting Scotland, our political programmes including Sunday Politics Scotland and Politics Scotland.  It will also include the hour long news programme The Nine being launched in February on BBC Scotland’s new digital channel.

The successful candidate will also be required to work on special debate programmes, hustings and elections and other major news events.

BBC Scotland's News and Current Affairs department delivers high quality journalism on Radio, TV, Online and Social to audiences across Scotland and beyond.  We strive to lead the editorial agenda in Scotland, with breaking news stories at the heart of our journalism.  We aim to provide high quality analysis and deliver accurate and balanced reporting.

PLEASE NOTE:  This role includes shift working.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate will be required to direct live and pre-recorded programmes or inserts NCA Scotland programmes in automated, semi-automated and traditional galleries or on location.

Directors co-ordinate the planning and production of Television News output to ensure that editorial intentions are met and the highest production standards are maintained, and be an integral part of the editorial team - produce ideas, play a key role in production planning, give guidance and advice on story treatment in terms of production value, graphic design and technical viability.

The successful candidate will use traditional craft and technical skills as well as new and developing technologies in order to produce the highest standard of news programmes. This role will be managed by the relevant Programme Editors.

Are you the right candidate?

We’re looking for someone who has demonstrable experience in studio or location directing on live or recorded programmes and experience of live and recorded TV production

Someone who is familiar with broadcast technology, including automation and digital technologies, and complex vision mixing using broadcast communications equipment, paired with editorial, visual and aural awareness paired with creativity and innovation.

You will have a broad knowledge of national and international news & current affairs as well as an awareness of editorial priorities and programme objectives. Have the ability to plan ahead and demonstrate high level of organisation with great attention to detail, good interpersonal and strong team working skills

Package Description

Band: D

Contract: 6 month FTC/Attachment

Base: Glasgow, PQ 

For further information, please contact Jackie Houston, for recruitment queries, please contact Caieta Valenti,

Any offer of employment will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals. We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy. Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.

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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