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Political Correspondent (Holyrood) - BBC Scotland News

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

Job Introduction

This is a really exciting time for us at BBC Scotland.  We’ve announced a significant investment in journalism across the range of news services that we deliver on television, radio and online.  We’re also launching a new hour-long news programme early next year.  We’re seeking an experienced journalist to be based in Edinburgh/Holyrood to work mainly for the new programme.  We’ll also expect you to contribute to our existing output as we look to enhance the quality and range of what we offer our audiences.        

The nine o’clock news (subject to Ofcom approval) will be an hour-long weeknight news programme (with shorter bulletins at the weekend), featuring the best of Scottish, UK and international journalism with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract a new audience to the BBC, and to combine the best of BBC talent with some new faces. We launch in February next year.

The Political Correspondent will be a key role, often covering some of the biggest stories of the day.  Many of those stories will be fiendishly complicated but you’ll tell them with clarity, simplicity and of course accuracy.    

Role Responsibility

Politics isn’t just something that you find interesting.  It’s something that you live and breathe. You’ll translate an obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter into your story-telling.   The decisions our politicians take matter to us all and you’ll be lucky enough to be at the centre of what are sure to be some momentous political times.  So rising above the political noise will come naturally as we look to you for context, analysis and opinion.         

You will have endless ideas for how we report on politics in a creative way.  You’ll be driven by a responsibility to persuade our audiences that the latest political twists and turns really matters to them on a personal level.  It goes without saying that you’ll be instinctively focussed on original journalism. 

You’ll have a strong sense of how to adapt your journalism for a digital audience, and how to broaden the political news agenda to reach audiences traditionally underserved by the BBC.  Needless to say you’ll be completely across the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines.  

Your focus will be the new nine o’clock news programme but there will be times where you will be required to broadcast on other BBC outlets, both in Scotland and on BBC network programmes.     

Are you the right candidate?

An experienced journalist with an enviable contacts book amongst the political and opinion forming communities both at Holyrood and beyond.   You can point to a significant track record of high profile published content that demonstrates a capacity for distilling complex information into an easily digestible form.           

We’ll frequently look to you for advice and guidance on how, why and when we commission political stories.  Evidence of resilience is vital; you’ll deal with pressure from political spin doctors on a daily basis.  You’ll have to cut through that spin and be able to make judgements on the merits or otherwise of competing claims and positions.  Those judgements will be subject to scrutiny and you’ll be comfortable with – and have previous experience of – taking managed risks.   

You’ll also be comfortable working alone or as part of a team, and on short news items, longer features and special commissions and series.   You’ll be able to demonstrate an ability to adopt an informal, conversational tone in your reporting, and establish good onscreen relationships with the presenting team for the Nine O’Clock News. 

You’ll also have significant flexibility and range that enables you to adapt how you deliver content dependent on the BBC platform you’re working for.  The ability to broadcast live with confidence and authority is vital.  The demands of our business are such that there will be a requirement to work unsociable hours and there will be a degree of unpredictability.  

Package Description

CPF Proposed Grade E

Base: Edinburgh 

Contract: Continuing 

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC.  We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.  

For further information, contact daniel.maxwell@bbc.co.uk, for recruitment queries, contact debbie.mccann@bbc.co.uk 

 

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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