Senior Journalist Reporter – BBC (Jersey)

Job Purpose

Salary: Within band D. We also pay additional annual Channel Islands Weighting of £5,164 if you work full-time, or the pro-rata equivalent if you work part-time.


BBC Channel Islands is looking for a Senior Journalist to produce our TV output and also work as a cross-platform reporter. We produce TV news bulletins covering all of the Channel Islands from our Jersey studio. We are a sub-opt of the regional TV news programme BBC Spotlight, which has its main studios in Plymouth.
On other days the job involves reporting for Online, TV and radio. This job would be ideal if you are keen on developing as an output producer and as a multi-media reporter. You’ll learn the skills needed to work with editorial and operational teams focused on that day’s output.
The Islands are a British Crown Dependency, with their own governments and legal systems. Living here offers outstanding opportunities for everything from surfing to cycling and music. There’s a vibrant local arts scene, great places to socialise and stunning coastline.

The successful candidate must be entitled to live and work in Jersey. More details here:

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Working with the Local Story Teams in Jersey and Guernsey, you’ll produce the 1830 opt. You’ll be part of a small team of editorial and operational staff which covers the patch with a mixture of lives, VTs and studio two-ways. You’ll need a good sense of what makes a story and how you want to tell it. You should be able to work with News Editors and reporters to provide the best coverage. Developing a good working relationship with teams in Guernsey and Plymouth is also important.
When reporting, you’ll be working across Online, TV and radio. Sometimes you’ll provide for all three, on others you’ll work with colleagues to bring the story to a platform. Experience of production and reporting for Online, TV and Radio would be an advantage. Camera and editing skills would also be useful but we can provide training.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

You must have really strong editorial judgement and be able to take sensitive decisions quickly and decisively. You should have and a good command of the BBC’s policies in all relevant areas. You need an excellent working knowledge of media law. You will already have a good base of experience in journalism and some exposure to TV production and/or reporting would be helpful. You will be able to make decisions with authority and under pressure and will have excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.

For more details about the role, please contact Senior News Editor Richard Spalding (

Job Impact

Decision making Able to operate alone on items and other programme elements. Scope A senior journalist covering a wide range of journalism activity who provides thorough, timely and professional reporting on events in a range of formats

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