Senior News Editor, TV and Online

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

Job Introduction

Our 1830 news programmes are the biggest shows on UK television and our regional online news reaches over 15m unique browsers every week. But we want our great journalism to travel even further across platforms and ensure our digital and TV operation works effectively to deliver real value for our audience.

During the pandemic our viewers and readers have come to us in their millions getting news they can use from a provider they can trust. We’re looking for a leader who can continue to inform, educate and entertain audiences and maintain relevance in people’s lives with so many demands competing for their attention.
You will successfully drive a team to creatively tell stories for our audiences, about our audiences and with our audiences across TV and digital platforms.

Role Responsibility

In this role you will be working together with Declan Wilson, Head of TV and Online news, to deliver closer working across all platforms including local radio, making our journalism go further and delivering for all audiences.

You will ensure we use social media intelligently to find stories, and you will develop a relationship with our audiences so that they interact with us more on our digital platforms, and come to us with their stories.

As the Senior News Editor in the region, this role makes you responsible for managing a large service, a region, a programme, different platforms and a team of journalists, technical and support staff.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who is passionate about news and can create, drive and deliver original journalism across all platforms. You should be able to demonstrate senior level news leadership experience as well as experience of delivering continuous change in a regional newsroom environment. 

In order to successfully achieve the development of our digital platforms, you should be able to demonstrate working knowledge & understanding of digital content plus data analytics and have the ability to connect this with our audience engagement.

Excellent leadership is key in this role. We are looking for a collaborative leader who manages & develops key/senior talent and fosters a progressive & collaborative environment within news operations.

Financial management is essential and you should be able to demonstrate experience of managing budgets.

Package Description

Band: F

Contract: Continuing

Location: Newcastle

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.​

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites.  Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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, 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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