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Publicist (News & Current Affairs)

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

Job Introduction

This is a key role in the UK News and Current Affairs press team reporting to the Head of Communications and Communications Manager who oversees the day to day work of the team.

BBC News is the largest broadcast news operation in the world, providing trusted news and analysis to audiences in the UK and internationally. The BBC News press team looks after communications for high profile programming and services which are watched by millions such as Panorama, Newsnight, Question Time, Today, the BBC News Channel, BBC News online, TV and radio bulletins and current affairs programmes on a huge range of subjects. 


Role Responsibility

In this role you’ll work with award winning journalists and producers to lead on publicity and take responsibility for media reaction to programmes. You’ll lead on dealing with important reputational issues for the BBC, supporting and reinforcing the impartiality and trust in our news and current affairs coverage.

You’ll work closely alongside colleagues in the division, particularly Radio 4, Factual, Digital and the International News team, as well as journalists in BBC News and Current Affairs.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You’ll have a proven track record in leading and implementing creative publicity and communications strategies for programmes and services, delivering effective campaigns across media – including news, features, listings magazines, digital and trade – and other platforms, including experience of reaching younger audiences.
  • In-depth understanding of social media and digital communications channels required as well as experience of coming up with ideas for and creating digital content.
  • You’ll be working closely with award winning BBC News journalists and presenters and you’ll have experience of working with talent.
  • Must have extensive experience of proactive and reactive media relations and crisis management, including offering clear advice to senior stakeholders on issue management and leading on handling reputational issues.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of all media outlets and the social media landscape.

Package Description

Permanent Role

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 very 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.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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.

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