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Senior Journalist Sport, East Midlands Today

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

Job Introduction

BBC East Midlands Today is the region’s most-watched evening news programmes and produces regional news bulletins across the day covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicester and Rutland.  We are one of a few regions to have a sports bulletin every evening at 1830 covering a Premier League team and two big Championship football teams and are home to the Leicester Tigers and Trent Bridge cricket ground. Our regional and local sports coverage is an essential part of our output and a key driver in attracting audiences to the BBC.

We are looking for someone who can deliver this service in an engaging and authoritative way.

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for an enthusiastic person to work in the East Midlands Today sports team and play a key role in creating and delivering original stories relevant to our audience.

You will be responsible for:

  • Breaking first-class sports news and bringing in top quality studio guests.  
  • Providing the highest quality sports reports for East Midlands Today at 1830.
  • Producing and writing sports bulletins.
  • Confident live broadcasting and bringing in first-class contacts in sport.

As part of a multimedia newsroom, you are expected to gather and share content not just for TV, but also for digital and radio platforms.

You will also support the management of a small team - mentoring, prep rotas, plan for the big stories and support with staff issues.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have a track record of working in a sports broadcasting environment with the ability to handle any story with good editorial judgement and legal knowledge.

You should be able to demonstrate your presenting/reporting ability and the skills to front the serious stories with assurance, including breaking sports news.

You should also have a proven track record in developing your own original stories displaying creativity, flair and an understanding of how to share material across TV, Radio and Online.

You may be required to work alternate days including weekends and so a degree of flexibility is required.

Important Application Information

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a link to a showreel demonstrating your reporting/broadcasting ability.


Package Description

Band: D

Contract: 6 Months (Maternity Cover)

Location: Nottingham

Interviews are expected to take place on the 22nd January.

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page.

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

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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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