Senior On-Air Editor (Political), News Content

Job Introduction

BBC News is to appoint a new Political Editor to succeed Laura Kuenssberg.

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.

Role Responsibility

The Political Editor is one of the most high profile broadcasting roles in the UK.  You will be responsible for being the voice of the Corporation reporting on what’s happening at Westminster and around the devolved nations at Holyrood, Stormont and the Senedd.  Reporting to the Executive Editor of Politics, you will lead all political coverage for the BBC, working at the most senior level of broadcasting.  You will work on all platforms across BBC News.

The main focus of this role is to break the best political stories from Westminster and around the UK.  You will also provide first class analysis and context.  The Political Editor has a high profile online, with digital content being a vital part of this role including social media and podcasts. You’ll regularly appear on the Today programme as well as lead our coverage on the main TV bulletins.

As well as the on-air role, you will have an important leadership role, working alongside the team at Westminster to help the department’s coverage be the best in the business. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • An outstanding record in political broadcasting on the most high profile programmes, with the ability to tell a story using an engaging balance of pace and style
  • A strong track record of breaking stories first.
  • A deep understanding of the story at Westminster and the devolved parliaments and other institutions
  • Extensive experience of online, TV and radio including hosting live debates and contributing to discussion panels for major events like elections.
  • An extensive contacts book at the most senior level of government
  • A full understanding of the context and history of British politics.
  • Deep knowledge of the Brexit process.
  • A full understanding of the BBC’s commitment to impartiality.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of work.

For further information on the role, please contact Katy Searle.

Package Description

Band: Fp

Base: London - Millbank

Contract:  Continuing

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.

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

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.

Job Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • Questionnaire with opportunity to detail your experience

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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


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