Senior Journalist (Producer – Football), BBC Sport

Job opportunity for senior journalist (producer - football) at BBC Sport

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 (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

5 Live Sport provides hundreds of football commentaries every season, broadcast from across the UK and Europe. We are looking for a Senior Journalist who can act as a live radio match producer, as well as contributing to some on-air reporting, which will include post-match interviews.

The successful candidate will also be expected to work closely with BBC Sport’s digital teams, providing news and information that will feed into the BBC Sport Website’s daily football coverage. It will be essential to develop excellent working relationships with Premier League clubs, with the aim of breaking stories and creating original content.

We want BBC Sport’s output to reflect and understand the audiences we serve – for example, the different geographical regions of the UK and the experience of people from underrepresented groups. We would therefore encourage applications from individuals with skills or experience that can help contribute towards ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.*

Main Responsibilities

Work with our broadcast, programme and engineering teams to produce live audio football commentaries, on-site at stadiums.

To report live on-air, where required, including conducting pre and post-match interviews.

Collaborate and build relationships with football clubs and multiple teams from around the BBC, including the Sport website, BBC Sounds and BBC local radio stations.

To work closely with BBC Sport’s digital teams, providing news and information which will feed into the BBC Sport Website’s daily football coverage.

Are you the right candidate?

We need an experienced journalist with a passion for sport. Experience of working in live broadcasting and on location is preferable.

You will be an organised self-starter with the initiative and personality to deal with a range of issues while on location.

You will be able to perform on-air as well, most regularly as a post-match interviewer.

The ability to work across multiple teams and collaborate effectively is essential, while a good understanding and appreciation of digital media is useful.

You will need to show evidence of excellent editorial judgement, as well as possessing a deep knowledge of football, from international teams to the Premier League, Football League and the European game.

The ability to use your contacts to break or interpret stories will also be welcomed.

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.
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 document attached below.
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

This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.

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