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Programme Controller (Senior News Editor), BBC Radio Nottingham

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

Job Introduction

We are looking for a strong creative leader to head up BBC Radio Nottingham.  

This is a time of exciting change for Local Radio in England and we want a leader who can bring this to life at Radio Nottingham and create a station that matches needs of a vibrant city of Nottingham with its sporting heritage and entertainment venues, as well as former mining areas and the beauty, myths and legends of Sherwood Forest. 

As the Programme Controller, you will be ultimately responsible for all output on the station as well as leading and inspiring the team. Recent highlights for BBC Radio Nottingham include finding a new evening show presenter through “BBC Radio Nottingham Untapped" and running a campaign to reclaim the Mayflower story for Nottinghamshire

Role Responsibility

It’s an exciting time to be in Local Radio, with new leadership and a new vision. The Senior Editor of BBC Radio Nottingham will be responsible for developing and implementing their local version of that vision on the station. 

You’ll have lots of ideas about how to make programmes better and how to attract new audiences. 

You’ll be responsible for managing on-air talent and for developing new presenters.  You’ll make sure that the off-air team has the right skills to deliver what the station needs. 

You’ll understand the importance of digital platforms like BBC Sounds to the future of the station and the network. You’ll want the team – both on-air and behind the scenes – to better reflect the community the station broadcasts to. You’ll be part of a wider team of leaders and will need to be part of collaborative working across platforms. 

You’ll also play a part in the BBC England editors’ community.  

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have a track record of leading and inspiring teams. Excellent inter-personal, organisational, motivational and creative skills are essential.

The ability to develop and bring the best out in others will be a key asset, as well as experience in developing partnerships with organisations outside the BBC. 

You will have significant journalism and radio programming experience and a flexible and collaborative approach. You’ll need strong editorial judgment and an instinct for ways to reach different groups within the local audience.  Additionally, you should be comfortable managing the station budget and adopting a strategic approach to its future development. 

Important application information

In addition to your online application, please outline, in no more than 500 words, your priorities for BBC Radio Nottingham over the next 12 months. 

You will be asked to submit this document via CareersHub.  Please note anyone who does not submit this paper will not be considered.  

Package Description

Band: F

Contract: Continuing

Location: Nottingham

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.

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.

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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