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Playout Editor

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

Job Introduction

We’re looking for a new Playout Editor to join the BBC’s Broadcast and Publication Operations team running our TV channels as they playout to our audience. In this role you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the needs of the channel and audience are met in a highly reactive, multi-genre environment. Playout Editors oversee the operation delivering BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies and Red Button and are the BBC’s editorial representatives in Red Bee’s Playout suites. They work closely with a range of stakeholders including Production teams, Schedulers, Marketing, Distribution and Red Bee Media, balancing requirements and protecting the output. The role covers the output twenty four hours a day, seven days a week with two, 10 hour shifts in the Broadcast Centre offering on site support from 0600 until 0100 every day. Editors work an average of 4 shifts per week.

Role Responsibility

  • To be the BBC’s editorial and operational lead within the Network Playout operational areas with responsibility for BBC One, BBC Two, CBBC, Cbeebies, BBC Four and Broadcast Red Button.
  • To ensure channel management’s changing priorities are effectively carried out by the Playout team, liaising with the Playout supplier as necessary.
  • To have a sound knowledge of output and news events which could impact schedules and playout plans.
  • To be responsible for the accurate implementation of the schedule having anticipated timing or logistical problems which may arise, reacting to events as appropriate.

  • To produce daily editorial logs and escalate outstanding or recurring issues.
  • To offer editorial guidance in response to operational issues and minimise the impact on the output.
  • To achieve precise timings by altering schedules, sometimes at the last minute. 

  • To be the initial point of contact for stakeholders in the event of any major incident affecting output (including Disaster Recovery) and to ensure appropriate information updates to relevant stakeholders. 

  • To be the BBC’s Editorial and Operational lead during Disaster Recovery rehearsals with BBC and Playout Service Provider teams.
  • To ensure 'standby' material is available and current for emergency or unplanned situations at both Network Playout sites
  • To work with colleagues to plan for the possible impact of major live outside broadcast events. 

  • To liaise with Channel Management (including Channel Controllers and Schedulers), Production teams (where appropriate) and the operational Playout team regarding late changes or alterations to the schedule. 

  • To communicate decisions and changes made to the schedule to all interested parties. 

  • To offer dotted line line-management to Continuity Announcers, feeding into regular performance reviews including annual appraisals.
  • To be the point of contact for Production and other BBC stakeholders on all questions regarding delivery to Playout.
  • To process Distribution transmitter work requests assessing the risk and possible impact on the output.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Proven recent experience in a live operational broadcast/production environment including experience of managing, supervising and coordinating the work of others under live, operational conditions.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of working with Broadcast IT equipment, (e.g. automation/editing/scheduling systems) and an ability to work with spread sheets, databases, and standard Office software.
  • Recent experience of working directly with stakeholders at a senior level (Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to establish and sustain credibility with senior management and colleagues across all areas of the BBC.)
  • An understanding of the structure of Transmission schedules, the significance of programme detail, junction points, opt-in/out points and the requirements of associated systems.
  • Knowledge of BBC editorial policy and guidelines, OFCOM guidelines and marketing principles.

Package Description

Band D


About the BBC

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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