Senior News Editor – News, Digital Output – BBC (London)

Package Description


Job Reference: 14634
Band: F
Salary:  £74,000 – £86,000 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.
Contract type: x1 Permanent role
Location: London, New Broadcasting House

Job Application Requirements: 

Questionnaire with opportunity to detail experience


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
Main Responsibilities

– Lead a team of digital journalists delivering daily news output in text and video for UK and international stories

– Identify news priorities and opportunities, and help shape the key stories of the day for digital audiences

– Maintain the highest editorial standards, making sure our stories are framed well, clearly written and feature the best of the BBC’s reporting

– Work closely with editors in Curation and Live to co-ordinate coverage in real time, and develop effective working relationships with correspondents and reporters

– Foster a culture of innovation and support with direct reports as well as with wider teams

Are you the right candidate?

– Significant experience of directing daily news teams to deliver text and video coverage for digital platforms

– Excellent news judgement under pressure with a proven ability to spot the sharpest top lines and drive stories forward

– Extensive experience of working with reporters and editors across the UK and globally

– A clear understanding of digital analytics and how they can be used to shape journalism that reaches both existing and new audiences

– A proven track record of driving organisational and cultural change, and improving diversity and inclusion

– Ability to build close relationships with teams across BBC News

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 here.

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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