Publicist- Comedy and Entertainment

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Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to join the publicity team in Comedy & Entertainment as Publicist. The communications team oversee press and publicity campaigns for a raft of world-class content across both genres, ranging from comedies such as This Time with Alan Partridge and Inside No. 9 to must-see entertainment shows as Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Eurovision.

We are looking for a Publicist to join the team on a continuing contract and be integrally involved in developing and implementing campaigns.

Role Responsibility

  • Lead and take full responsibility for communications campaigns
  • Create and implement comprehensive programme and service communications strategies
  • Generate innovative ways of increasing favourable media coverage and raising the profile of specific output/service.
  • Anticipate and manage issues with potentially negative impact and handling reactive issues as required
  • Write clear concise media information for programming/services and associated online and interactive content.
  • Manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain a network of contacts with the media, national and regional newspapers and magazines, websites, TV, radio and online outlets.
  • Evaluate work, collecting and analysing evidence to assess impact of communications work and sharing lessons with wider team.
  • Co-ordinate press conferences/screenings/launches and briefings, previews, handling requests for interviews and when needed, face to face audience engagement/activity (audience facing events/activity)
  • Generate assets for use online and social media and contribute to the running of social media accounts

The Ideal Candidate

  • A passion for entertainment and comedy television content
  • Previous experience working with contributors and high profile talent
  • Ability to work on live events and television shows outside normal working hours
  • Proven track record in all publicity and public relations or journalism
  • Good understanding of the media environment (including social media) and the news gathering process across radio, television, print and online.
  • Excellent news sense with the ability to write crisp, clear and lively copy, which stimulates both the media and public interest.
  • Excellent and proven creativity in campaigns and evidence of trying out new ideas and approaches to reach audiences.
  • A level of interpersonal skills sufficient to enable the post holder to establish and maintain credibility and effective working relationships with a wide range of contacts at different levels.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of all media outlets and the social media landscape
  • Excellent media contacts and knowledge and understanding of online/social media opportunities for a publicity campaign.
  • Proven organisational and planning skills – managing multiple campaigns, organizing and delivering events, managing crises

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: New Broadcasting House, London

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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the Company

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.

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