Senior Journalist, BBC Sport Online – BBC (London)

Job Reference: 15088
Band: D
Salary:  £41,000 – £51,000 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.
Contract type: 1 x Continuing
Location: Office Base is MediaCity, Salford. This is a hybrid role and the successful candidate will balance office working with home working.


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.


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Job Introduction

We are looking for a really good sub to take a senior journalist role on the BBC Sport website and app. Our subbing desk checks all of our content before it is published and is therefore a very busy team. In this role you’ll need to love subbing and making sure other people’s content is as good as it can be. The team also take responsibility for curating our front page. Strong editorial judgement is a must. If this sounds like you, we’d love you to apply.


Main Responsibilities

Sub-editors on the production desk, also known as senior journalists, are expected to do the following:

•    Sub content and manage indexes
•    Ensure published content is of the highest journalistic standards; it is accurate, fair and impartial and adheres to the BBC’s editorial guidelines
•    Make editorial decisions quickly and confidently with the ability to respond calmly and positively to changing events and circumstances
•    Use data analytics to ensure the website showcases our content in the best way possible
•    Take control of the BBC Sport homepage across all digital platforms, using editorial judgement and flair
•    Provide structured feedback and act as a line manager when required

Are you the right candidate?

We require an experienced senior journalist, particularly those who have worked in online written media.

Proven editorial judgement and flair in a newsroom – where pictures, graphics, social media, video and stats are just as important as the written word – should be married with considerable experience in journalism.

A consistency of approach, thorough knowledge of platforms and understanding of on-demand media is vital, as well as being able to work under pressure.

BBC Sport online has a global audience of around 27m browsers a week and you will make key decisions for them. This is not an entry-level role so you must be able to demonstrate experiences of many of the duties listed in the role responsibility section.

As you will be expected to make decisions and judgements on content ideas for sport, a strong editorial sporting knowledge is essential.

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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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.

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