The BBC Press Office is at the centre of media management for the whole corporation in the UK and around the world. We provide a gold standard service in managing corporate announcements, reputational issues and programme publicity. A streamlined team, we have links to every part of the BBC and as such we are often the first to spot, manage and engage with a story.
The Press Office manages communications for the BBC’s corporate divisions including HR, Finance and the BBC’s property portfolio. It also manages major reputational issues and programme publicity for certain programmes.
You will work as part of a team of Press Officers to provide an efficient and comprehensive information service to the media and the BBC, every day of the week.
You will support the Media Relations Managers and the Chief Press Officer in their handling of key corporate announcements and issues, from responding to direct enquiries from the media, to writing press releases, to maintaining the Press Office information and storage systems. Press Officers also research topics and prepare briefing documents for internal distribution to senior management level.
As part of your role, you will work on programme publicity for a wide range of TV programmes across genres including daytime, drama, entertainment, factual, and music television. You will be involved with both proactive promotion of programmes and handling reactive queries.
With an eye for a story and by developing contacts across the BBC you’ll constantly come up with ideas for proactive stories, develop them and secure positive coverage for the BBC.
Are you the right candidate?
It is essential that you have experience in journalism or working in the Press Office of a large / high-profile organisation, along with a good understanding of the media environment and the news gathering process, and sharp news judgment. You will also have experience generating ideas for proactive stories to secure coverage for the organisation(s) that you have worked in.
Excellent IT skills, with the ability to adapt to new IT systems, is a must, as is a high level of interpersonal skills, sufficient to enable you to establish and maintain credibility and effective working relationships with a wide range of contacts, such as journalists, senior managers, broadcasters and editorial staff. An understanding of the BBC’s organisational structure, policies and editorial principles would be advantageous, as well as a strong interest in the broadcasting industry as a whole would be desirable.
A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories is required.
Press Officers work on a rota basis, including evening and weekend work.
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