Careers

Publicist

Job Introduction

The Publicist will deliver communications and events activity across the BBC England Communications team, including but not limited to BBC Sport, BBC Children's & Education and BBC Breakfast. This is a fascinating role for a creative and enthusiastic comms professional with a passion for TV. You will be interested in social and digital media and the new ways the BBC is seeking to make its high quality content available to audiences.

You will deliver a full range of communications in the team whilst managing your own projects, organising events and creating publicity stunts to create local/regional/national awareness of BBC content.

There will be a requirement for out of hours working along with some UK travel.

Role Responsibility

As the Publicist you will work on projects, to create and implement 360 degree communications campaigns, agreed with the relevant head of comms

  • To constantly seek innovative ways to increase favourable media coverage
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships and contacts with the media
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships with BBC production departments, independent production companies, talent, their agents and representatives, ensuring that any press and publicity activities are consistent with the overall communications strategy and priorities for a particular genre or service
  • To work closely with colleagues in pictures, marketing and audiences in order to ensure the effective integration of activities and to maximize the impact of campaigns
  • Write, edit and produce creative and engaging content for communications channels
  • Anticipate and manage issues with a potentially negative impact and handle reactive issues as required.
  • To play an active role in helping to achieve the strategic aims of the whole division by contributing ideas and working towards common goals

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • A good understanding of the media environment including radio, television, print, social and digital
  • A good news sense with ability to write crisp, clear, engaging and accurate press releases and copy, which stimulates both press and public interest
  • Excellent and proven creativity - the ability to think laterally and outside the box, together with a hunger to constantly try new ideas and approaches
  • Excellent IT skills, with the ability to adapt to new IT systems
  • 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 - journalists, artists, senior managers, broadcasters and editorial staff
  • An interest in and passion for the relevant BBC content, particularly any specialist understanding or experience, is preferable
  • A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories
  • Proven experience of organising and managing events
  • First class administration and organisational skills
  • A collaborative team player with strong communication skills and a positive can-do attitude
  • Experience of managing projects from start to completion
  • Confident, tenacious and able to work on own initiative

Package Description

Band:  C
Contract type:  Four month fixed-term contract to 30 September 2022
Location:   Salford-based role with some flexibility, ie hybrid working

Interviews anticipated to be held on 25 May

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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