On-Air Editor (UK) – Newsnight

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

Job Introduction

Newsnight is looking for an outstanding On-Air UK Editor to join the BBC’s flagship daily current affairs programme.

Newsnight is the programme that sets the news agenda with exclusive stories, the best analysis, trend spotting and innovative film making. It is the place that gives important, difficult and complex subjects time to explore them in depth.

Role Responsibility

The UK Editor is a central member of Newsnight’s team, making sense of UK issues.  As a leading specialist brief the candidate must bring in original stories on a regular basis in the form of in-depth long form films and investigations, interviews, analysis and breaking lines.

This is a prominent on-air role that will involve fronting in-depth long form films and investigations as well as ‘On the Day’ reports and packages, appearing live in the studio, conducting interviews, writing a blog and maintaining a lively social media presence.

The Ideal Candidate

You will provide in-depth expert analysis and original stories of high profile UK issues and live events, putting them into context and interpreting wider implications.   

You will look beyond the daily news agenda and use your subject matter, expertise and contacts to generate original journalism and analysis, finding the next story or developing a new angle for the BBC.  

The On Air Editor’s coverage, interpretation and opinions will inform and influence public opinion and influence the news agenda.  

You will be able to work under pressure, make valid decisions quickly and manage your time under stress.

For more information about this role please contact Esme Wren, Editor, Newsnight on Ext 43160.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Continuing
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.

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.

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

About the Company

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. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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

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