Radio Current Affairs has an exciting opportunity for someone with the ambition to create and develop engaging, intelligent journalistic output, while transforming one of the BBC’s most ambitious areas. We are looking for a leader in a department which makes high-profile, often award-winning domestic, international, business and investigative strands, specials and podcasts for Radio 4, the World Service, Radio 3, News Online, TV and social media. We are also in the process of change: aiming to increase our digital output, attract more diverse and younger audiences, build our skills in contemporary narratives and win business on new platforms. We want someone with a track record in developing new ideas and forms, especially for audio storytelling.

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 person appointed will deputise for the Head of Radio Current Affairs when required and will take on a significant management role in areas including budgeting and staff performance. They will have skills in cultivating a positive ideas culture and generating fresh thinking. The successful candidate will have a collaborative approach to working and will be committed to building relationships across the Current Affairs department, across News and with the audio networks. They will line manage other editorial leaders as well as production staff.

Our strands produced in London include Money Box/Money Box Live, The Inquiry, More or Less, Analysis, Profile, The Bottom Line, The Briefing Room, From Our Own Correspondent, Crossing Continents, Assignment, In Business/Global Business, The Why Factor, The Reith Lectures, Law in Action and A Point of View. In Salford we make File on 4 and investigations and podcasts for 5Live. We have launched successful podcast-first series like The Assassination, Fatwa, The Ratline, Tunnel 29 and podcast-only output like Kalki Presents: My Indian Life and The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast. We are making United Zingdom, a series for Sounds, plus a major new coproduction between the World Service and American Public Media.

The precise portfolio of programmes to be overseen by the new Editor will be decided according to the balance of skills across the leadership team.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have extensive experience at Senior level, an outstanding track record in original journalism and will have significant experience of taking editorial, creative and managerial responsibility for a range of output. You will have strong skills in long-form output and in ensuring journalism is presented via compelling and distinctive narratives. You will have strong experience in digital output: and an understanding of how to appeal to both younger and non-traditional audiences. With a passion for innovative audio story telling, the appointed candidate will lead our effort to win commissions as new opportunities open across the BBC. You will be used to providing strong editorial leadership; making difficult decisions under pressure; driving innovation; encouraging diversity (including diversity of opinion) both on and off air: and getting the best out of a talented team of experienced producers and researchers. In addition, you will be experienced at making the best where necessary of limited budgets and of ensuring projects run on schedule, with experience of leading large teams and dealing with personnel and recruitment issues.

(Please note, the application will ask you to include a written brief of less than 500 words, describing how you approach storytelling and narrative to increase audience involvement).

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