Channel Executive News Editor – BBC (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 annual leave (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 Introduction

BBC News is going through an ongoing process to modernise in order to serve all audiences better.

We are looking for an Executive News Editor for the News Channel, which launched earlier this year, bringing the best of the BBC’s incredible global journalism to audiences at home and abroad.

This job is for a confident and inspirational editorial figure with a compelling vision for the BBC News Channel, with extraordinary skills in leading live coverage made by world class journalists in one of the biggest teamwork operations in the industry.


The BBC News Channel is central to our ambition of BBC News being the best offer during live and breaking news, when big stories unfold, providing clarity, reports from the ground, accountability interviews and essential context and explanation.  It is one operation that often splits into two feeds, a UK feed and an international one, and the candidate will need to provide a clear vision for the editorial centre of gravity on both offers.


•    A digital vision for how the news channel needs to develop is essential, the channel is central to BBC News streaming offers on BBC iPlayer in the UK, the BBC News website and

•    As essential is an editorial vision for the branded programmes on the channel.

•    The way of working is under rapid development after the successful launch of the new Channel in April this year; we want to see a plan for further development and acceleration of the first good results.

•    The BBC News Channel is working closely with the rest of BBC News, and often in complete tandem with the Streaming team, the Digital Output team and the On The Day team, and the post holder needs a clear view for efficient and creative collaboration and co-creation.

•    A deep understanding of the market and digital development of media is required as well as proven record of data driven decision making and results.

•    The role also requires a high-level collaboration with senior colleagues from all of the BBC.

•    Substantial travel is to be expected as the role oversees teams in Washington DC and Singapore as well as London.

Main Responsibilities

•   To deliver an audience/user future-focused and authoritative service across the most high profile News output while retaining the highest editorial standards.

•   To provide creative leadership and editorial vision to enhance the strength, depth, range and quality of output and ensuring that this is done in accordance with strategic priorities.

•   To guard the BBC journalistic and editorial standards, support the BBC brand and enhance reach, reputation and the impact of the BBC, responding to complaints and comments if required.

•   To lead on team management activities including recruitment, development, training and employee relations activities and processes in accordance with agreed standards and practices.

•   To be responsible for delivery to designated budget and pro-actively identify solutions to address budgetary pressures and potential overspends that may arise.

•   To review regularly the performance of each team to establish current performance and to set appropriate objectives.

•   To ensure Health and Safety responsibilities and legal obligations are understood and met within the teams and areas under his/her responsibility.

•   To seek out and nurture new diverse staff, on and off air.

•   To represent the BBC at a senior level and take accountability for the implementation and delivery of wider BBC projects.

Are You The Right Candidate

•    Leading a recently launched channel with flexibility at its heart, you’ll need a proven track record of extensive change management in an editorial setting.

•    Impeccable editorial judgement and a proven record of difficult decision making is needed.

•    You will unite teams behind our BBC values and behaviours; role modelling them to lead, engage, inspire and create a sense of purpose and belonging.

•    A convincing and persuasive communicator, required to influence teams, as well as senior stakeholders, able to establish effective and collaborative relations across BBC departments, and external agencies/stakeholders where required.

•    Awareness of current markets, trends and issues within the broadcasting industry and wider media sector, and deep knowledge of output across the whole of the BBC, as well as that of competitors.

•    Internally and/or externally recognised source for creative thinking and innovation.

•    Thorough understanding of the way in which programmes are commissioned, financed and produced.

•    Broad and comprehensive understanding of the BBC’s legal, contractual agreements and regulations as they apply to programme making, broadcasting and digital media.

•    Experience in managing significant budgets and understanding key financial drivers.

About The BBC

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 below document:


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 visit

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