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Senior Journalist Specialist, Holyrood

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

Job Introduction

This is a really exciting time for us at BBC Scotland.  Ofcom have just given approval for the launch of a new BBC Scotland Channel and we’re launching an hour long nightly news programme on the new channel.  We’re also making a significant investment in our existing news services on television, radio and online.  If you’re excited by politics and want to have a ringside seat as the biggest political stories happen then we want to hear from you. 

This is a key role in our operation and you’ll be working mainly for our new Nine O’Clock news programme.  You’ll have bags of flair and imagination and apply those qualities to our daily story treatments, you’ll be able to think on your feet and react quickly to fast changing situations.  Above all you’ll be bursting with ideas and be passionate about delivering original, high impact journalism to our audiences. 

Role Responsibility

You’ll be working out of our Edinburgh offices – at Holyrood and the Tun.  You’ll get the chance to work on some of our biggest stories. 

Your main responsibility will be to come up with creative ideas to make interesting tv, digital and radio political news content.  You’ll work with our correspondents/reporters and assist them in telling and sourcing stories. You will liaise with programme editors in pitching ideas.  We’ll look to you to take the lead and operationally manage on a day to day basis how best to tell our stories and how we allocate resources.          

It would be great if you had shooting and editing skills – or be able to demonstrate that you can acquire these skills quickly.   

Are you the right candidate?

Flexibility is the key.  One day it will be managing a series of live inserts, the next day planning a big set piece political event.   

Ideally, you should have a track record in telling original stories, and have an eye for innovative, stylish reports- but above all, you should be a curious storyteller.

You’ll bring energy, ideas, and flair for creative cross-platform output to the role. We can teach broadcast skills but an eye for good television and digital news and an instinct for storytelling are vital.

Your ability to work collaboratively as part of a team alongside the wider operation – both Scotland and Network News.  You’ll need to be energetic and robust to deal with high levels of editorial scrutiny.   You’ll understand the need to develop new, diverse contributors and we’re particularly interested in hearing from people who might bring a different perspective and widen the agenda of BBC news.

Package Description

Grade:  Grade 8/ Band D

Base: Edinburgh - The Tun

Contract: Permanent

Be unique. Be authentic. However you prefer to say it, we really mean it.  We’re the BBC, where creativity is loud.  In vivid colour, from every background.  Our culture embraces diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. 

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC.  We want you to see possibilities like never before and we encourage you to Be Open.  We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.  

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. 

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. 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


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