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Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production and distribution of bold, British, content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, operate in 22 markets globally and generate revenue of £1.4bn, returning around £200m profit to BBC public Service each year. In the UK, BBC Studios enables audiences to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands outside the licence fee-funded window on alternative platforms, through a range of partnerships, and in multiple formats, from products and magazines to events and experiences.

The Sub-editor will be responsible to the Brand Managing Editor and will support the Senior Sub-editor and the Website Editor of, with aspects of sub-editing from copy arrival to publication of all key pages for Top Gear magazine and website. They will also work on other projects as specified from time to time. This role will provide many learning opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity to join champions of print, with the biggest motoring media brand in the world, Top Gear. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of parts of Top Gear through this dynamic role, working across both print and online. Working in the Top Gear team you will have an impact in conveying the joy of cars while explaining the ever-changing industry.

Role Responsibility

You will support the team by assisting with the idea generation of headlines, standfirsts and captions, ensuring the house style and tone is followed, rewriting where needed and adapting the proofing system to improve standards and efficiency.

You will ensure the magazine and website are accurate by checking all pages prior to publishing for spelling and grammar. You will ensure text is accurate, honest and legal, liaising with the BBC Worldwide legal team should the need arise.

You will write daily news for the website and support other members of the production team to deliver content.

You will ensure pages are prepared and published on time, always with an awareness of schedules.

You will be responsible for the data section of the magazine and ensure this is kept up to date and accurate. You will also make sure the Top Gear style guide is accurate and up-to-date, working with members of the editorial team to do this.

Are you the right candidate?

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.

You will demonstrate a strong understanding and interest in cars and have a proven in-depth knowledge of the car industry.

You will be an enthusiastic sub-editor with the desire to write, with practical experience in writing being desirable.  You’ll be confident with your awareness of the law relating to journalism and you will demonstrate sound editorial judgment.

You’ll have a proven skill in various computer programmes, with exposure to Adobe InDesign being preferable. In addition to this, familiarity with subbing marks and HTML editing tools is preferable as is knowledge surrounding online CMS. The ability to learn systems quickly is essential for this role.

You’ll demonstrate excellent time management. In addition to this, you’ll be organised and have the ability to prioritise. You’ll possess strong attention to detail, always be willing to learn and be able to work independently as well as being a team player. You’ll be confident at forming and maintaining partnerships across the business, working effectively with a variety of stakeholders including outside contractors.

Package Description

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

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.   

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.


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