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Podcast Lead, Radio Sport, BBC Sport

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

Job Introduction


From the World Cup to the Olympics, whether it’s Premier League football, 6 Nations Rugby, International Cricket or the top Tennis tournaments BBC Sport is at the heart of the world’s major sporting events. Our Sports News, Radio Sport and Interactive teams help make sure that every day, throughout the year our audiences are served with all the stories surrounding every sport as well as providing world class coverage of the events themselves.

The Radio Sport department provides all the sports event and programme content for the BBC’s network radio outlets. Radio 5 Live, BBC radio’s 24-hour news and sport station, is the primary network for taking this content but Radio Sport also supplies 5 Live’s sister station 5 Live Sports Extra and Test Match Special for Radio 4 LW.

The Radio Sport department also produces a number of successful sports podcasts which have downloads totalling over 8 million per month. Titles include That Peter Crouch Podcast, The Football Daily, Rugby Union Weekly and 5 live Boxing with Costello & Bunce.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility


The Podcast Lead (Assistant Editor) works with the Editor, Radio Sport plus various stakeholders across BBC Sport, BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5live.

This isn't a foot in the door, this is a senior role and the successful candidate will lead a range of production teams and broadcasters overseeing our range of Podcast titles and developing new titles and formats to the highest standards and agreed budgets and schedules.

Provide editorial direction and creative drive to all 5 Live sport programmes.

Provide strong editorial leadership with the ability to offer guidance and advice.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for someone with a track record of delivering high quality audio-on-demand content in a professional environment with a passion for sport.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a balanced and objective editorial judgement based on a thorough understanding of the target audience, editorial guidelines, programme and departmental objectives.  

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrable creative skills and experience in terms of developing and growing Podcast titles. They must also possess the ability to motivate staff to produce innovative and imaginative content.

An understanding and awareness of audio/radio content and audience behaviour in this area is also preferred. 

Package Description

Band: E.  
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Mediacity

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) 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

Please note you must have the right to work in the UK to apply.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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