The BBC News Group, formed in April 2011 incorporates BBC Network News (including the Newsroom, News Programmes, Political Programmes, Newsgathering, Production Operations and Weather teams), English Regions and Global News.
Under the leadership of Director of News, James Harding, the News Group makes up more than a third of the BBC with over 8,500 staff around the UK and the world serving a huge variety of audiences.
Reporting to the Director and Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs, the News Editor will be based on the Newsdesk at New Broadcasting House, where you will sit across the daily news agenda with the aim of driving key stories on behalf of all the daily news outlets. You will also have an overview of the agendas being pursued by the Newsroom, Newsgathering, Millbank, Programmes and English Regions, and if appropriate the language services within Global News. You will not seek to draw up running orders or interfere in the decision making of individual editors but will have the authority to demand appropriate staffing and resources on important running stories by relevant parts of News Group.
Please see job description for further key responsibilities.
The Ideal Candidate
You will have a proven track record at a senior level in News and Current Affairs as well as sound editorial judgement and a comprehensive understanding of the BBC’s editorial policies.
In addition, you will need to demonstrate:
- A thorough knowledge of News and Current Affairs in the UK, Europe and internationally.
- Proven experience of managing budgets to ensure that you understand the financial parameters in which the News Group works and recognise the managerial issues of individual departments.
- Experience of making judgements on matters of greater editorial sensitivity is essential, as its the ability to prioritise and interpret the key stories of the day.
- Strong negotiation skills