Journalist – BBC South East (Kent)

Band: C
Location: BBC South East, based in Tunbridge Wells
Contract type: 12mths FTC/ attachment
Salary: £26,975 – £42,080 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.


Job Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • Please outline as part of your application in no more than 300 words a story you’d like to work on if you’re successful in getting this role.

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 negotiable salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days annual leave with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.


Freelancers are eligible to apply for an internal role if they are on a Worker Contract and they have worked continuously for 6 months. If they have worked for less than 6 months continuously or have a break of 3 weeks or more between engagements, they must seek Divisional HR approval to apply for an internal role prior to submitting an application.

If they are unsure which contract they are on, they can speak to their booker or the HR BP, however if it helps – both a PAYE freelance or Modus Gross contract is considered a Worker contract and covered by the Worker terms found here.


Job Introduction:

Do you relish getting to the heart of your community and telling stories in a way that grabs people’s attention?

Are you passionate about working across TV, radio and online?

Do you love telling stories in an engaging way?
We’re looking for ambitious Journalists who understand how to make compelling content which really makes an impact on people living in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • You’ll work as part of a multi-skilled team, developing content for TV, radio and digital.
  • You’ll need a strong understanding of how to make a story come to life and you’ll need to understand who our audience are and what matters to them.
  • You’ll also need a good understanding of news and current affairs and how they affect people locally.
  • You’ll work as part of a team based in Tunbridge Wells creating content across the South East. As well as working on on-the-day content you’ll also at times work as part of our multiplatform planning team, setting stories up to work across online, TV and radio. Part of your role will be working on South East Today’s TV bulletins, but increasingly you’ll also work across online and radio too.
  • You’ll be able to draw on a huge range of sources for story ideas and you’ll need to be able to deliver original stories to surprise and engage our audience in creative ways.
  • You’ll also need to have a flair for writing great scripts and copy. In particular we’re looking for individuals with experience of a variety of production techniques across both linear and digital platforms, and those with a proven track record of working in journalism and production.
Are you the right candidate ?
  • If you have a passion for telling stories with the ability to look at stories and issues from a diversity of perspectives, and you’re bursting with creative ideas, we want to hear from you!
  • As an experienced journalist, you’ll have experience of working in a newsroom, hopefully with experience of working across online, TV or radio or all three.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate a track record of strong editorial judgement which can be used across all aspects of what we do.
  • You’ll be brilliant at time management and you’ll know how to get the best out of your colleagues as part of a team.
  • In addition, you’ll have a good knowledge of the BBC’s editorial guidelines, our need for impartiality and a thorough knowledge of law.


More information?

If you’d like any more information or to talk about the role then please email Lee Gibbs, Senior News Editor, on

About the BBC

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.

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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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