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News Editor - Digital Current Affairs

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

Job Introduction

BBC Stories and Digital Current Affairs is part of the newly established department led by Kamal Ahmed.  DCA is at the forefront of attracting new audiences to the BBC.  We both create and curate excellent original journalism.  Our output includes BBC Stories (video, stills and text), Ouch, BBC Trending, and World Hacks.  We are at the forefront of innovating ways of telling stories digitally, part of which means we have to reflect the audiences we serve.

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for a News Editor to work primarily on our Stories video output.  If you are an excellent journalist, know how to tell stories, understand social listening and analytics, like collaborating (with everyone), take risks, can inspire a team and have the patience to deal with other internal departments then apply.

Are you the right candidate?

Candidates will need to be open to new ideas, show they can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and relish new challenges, and will have a thorough and deep understanding of social media.  Kamal has talked about horizontal story telling but what does this mean for the underserved audience? How can we tell complex news stories in an engaging way?

Additional key criteria for the role:

  • Clear evidence of experience of telling stories on digital platforms
  • Demonstrable knowledge of digital platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the different ways audiences consume news/current affairs
  • A proven track record of championing diversity
  • High level understanding of digital analytics and how they can be used to engage our audience.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing innovation and change
  • Ability to commission long form stories and give clear instructions to members of the team as well as producers and reporters.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead a team. Prior experience of this is not a prerequisite but ability to motivate and develop editorial staff to make innovative and imaginative contributions to programmes is key.



Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: 12 months
Location: London

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

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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