Senior Presenter - Radio 4

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

Job Introduction

Radio 4 is unique in the breadth and quality of its informative, educational and entertaining programming.  Every day, on air and online, Radio 4 has more original content than any other broadcaster in the world. Its authoritative news and current affairs journalism is complemented by programmes exploring every aspect of life, offered through regular strands, one-off commissions, special seasons and digital-first or digital-only content. 

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for a presenter who can build a relationship with listeners and keep them coming back week after week.

Duties include:

  • Broadcast with clarity, directness and accuracy. Link programmes, and write or adapt material to fit the Radio 4 style and guidelines. Encourage and persuade the audience to expand their listening across Radio 4, 4extra and BBC Sounds. Keep listeners informed, especially during emergencies and departures from the published schedule.
  • Manage the Radio 4 continuities and try, as far as possible, to anticipate problems, and cope with unforeseen events such as a line failure or equipment fault. Actions need to be according to the circumstances and may have a substantial impact on listeners’ perception of the network.
  • To self-operate the continuity studio including the selection of outside sources, studios and lines and pre-recorded programmes.
  • To contribute to the on-air presentation of Radio 3, including regular newsreading duties
  • Be up to date and thoroughly familiar with the Network’s obituary, evacuation and editorial guidelines, and to be confident of carrying out procedures with authority and assurance.
  • Liaise with the Duty Producer and the network’s operations team to arrive at suitable solutions to any potential problems.
  • Maintain awareness of the networks promotional priorities, key events and online offerings.
  • Maintain awareness of Radio 4’s audience, and latest trends.
  • Undertake office-based duties connected with the role and in support of department, including the use of current office equipment and IT systems.
  • Potential News reading duties, dependent on experience and editorial requirements.
  • Comply with all relevant BBC Safety Rules, procedures and guidelines.
  • Undertake shift work, including night and weekend work, based at Broadcasting House in London W1.
  • Be fully aware of the Health and Safety responsibilities of this job role as stated in Radio’s H&S Policy

The Ideal Candidate

  • You'll know Radio 4 well and have a clear understanding of the issues and current affairs that resonate with our audience. You'll also be a good people person and know how to get the best from our audience on air. 
  • You will have substantial experience of live broadcasting.
  • You’ll have a proven flair in writing for radio with elegance and originality.
  • On air you’ll have a natural, authentic style which will allow the audience to develop a relationship with you and the station.
  • You’ll understand the importance of BBC values and have a knowledge of editorial guidelines
  • You will also be technically competent, calm and decisive under pressure and able to work collaboratively

Important Information:

To support your application please supply an audition. This should be a 45 second verbal trail that you have written yourself for broadcast just before the 1800 news on a weekday evening of your choosing. The trail should be looking ahead to the highlights of that evening on R4 and demonstrate the style you would bring to continuity.

Please supply this as an MP3 (no larger than 128 KBPS) to  by the closing date.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

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

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

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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