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Sports Journalist (BBC Radio Manchester)

Job Introduction

BBC Radio Manchester is the place to be if you love sport, and this is a rare opportunity to join our dynamic sports team. We’re a successful station and sport is part of the life-blood of our output. Based at the heart of MediaCityUK we have excellent relations with BBC Sport and 5 Live.

We cover the best sporting patch in the country: Premier League champions Manchester City and 20-time winners Manchester United, plus five football league clubs, women’s football, a thriving rugby league scene, top-flight rugby union, first-class and international cricket, as well as boxing, speedway, netball, and we are the home of Olympic sports such as cycling and taekwondo too. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative journalist who knows how to deliver top-quality content across multiple platforms, who is adept at creating brilliant digital and social content, delivering the latest must-listen podcast, and producing top class radio programmes. You’ll be at home generating new stories and original journalism, and bursting with creative treatment ideas to engage our listeners. You need to be an all-rounder – with experience of bulletin reading, programme presentation and sport reporting and commentary, particularly in football and rugby league. We want someone who has the skills to improve our digital offering whilst maintaining our radio output to the highest standard.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for an experienced multi-media journalist, who is equally comfortable at producing live radio and podcasts, creating digital audio and video content, reading bulletins, presenting, reporting, commentating, and willing to pitch in and cover all roles and shifts. You will be tasked with producing our weekly sport podcast The Devils’ Advocate and our showcase weeknight phone-in Talking Balls.

You will play an important role working in our established and experienced team. You will be flexible and proficient at working across different broadcast platforms.  You will be expected to find and deliver original stories for our range of sports news programmes, bulletins and online content, as well as producing specialist live sport programmes. You will attend press conferences and should be able to maintain and build strong relationships with sports clubs.

You will be used to high profile on-air roles: reading bulletins, presenting programmes, match reporting and commentary, as well as interviewing players and coaches as well as having clear ideas on how to contribute and improve our strong online and social media presence.

Are you the right candidate?

We’re looking for an experienced and ambitious sport journalist, with a strong knowledge and passion for football and rugby league in Greater Manchester. We’re looking for an all-rounder; who is capable of live radio and podcast production, bulletin reading, sports presentation and match reporting and commentary too.

You will have strong production skills and the ability to produce high quality live and pre-recorded programmes and podcasts, and creative ideas for digital and social media content too.

You need editorial awareness and judgement and a hunger for breaking sports news; an ability to bring in original, exclusive stories and have a passion for crafting great audio programmes and digital content.  You’ll have a great knowledge of Greater Manchester and an impressive contact book. We are looking for someone who will add energy, ideas, and a flair for story-telling to the team. You’ll have an instinct for what our listeners want to hear on a Saturday night or a Sunday morning - and you’ll be able to demonstrate the desire to find fresh news lines on running stories, creative and fresh approaches to covering the news which chime with underserved audiences.

You will be a great team player, with good social and communication skills and a positive approach. As always in a BBC local newsroom, you will thrive under the pressure. You will understand our station’s drive in making all our coverage more conversational, upbeat, fun and less formulaic . You’ll also understand how the way sport is being consumed is changing and how we need to reflect this on digital and refresh our approach on the radio. You must be skilled and willing to be involved in social media and digital platforms, and brimming with ideas to share with your colleagues and our audience. 

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until May 2023

Location: Manchester

Application process: You will be asked to fill in a diversity questionnaire which is confidential and not seen by the hiring manager. You will then be asked to:

·       upload your CV 

·       complete an eligibility questionnaire  

·       answer questions specific to the role 

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 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.​

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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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. 

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