Journalist, Radio News Bulletins & Programmes - 6 Month FTC

Job Reference: BBC/TP/1199749/33005
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Full Time
Contract Details: 6 month FTC/Attachment
Salary: Within band
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 02/12/2018
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – Scotland News
Location: Glasgow

Package Description

Job Title: Journalist - 6 month FTC 

Department:Radio News

Base: Glasgow Pacific Quay 


Duration/Contract Type: Continuing 

Please apply before 11:59pm on 2nd December 2018

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals. We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy. Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.

Any offer of employment will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

For further information, please contact Chris Cowan - for recruitment queries, please contact Caieta Valenti - 

Please note:  In support of this application please send an audio demonstration of you reading a radio news bulletin to

Job Introduction

Did you get into journalism to tell amazing stories from anywhere in the world to our audience at home? Do you live and breathe news?  Have you got the creativity to deliver outstanding content?

We’re looking for journalists who are full of story ideas to join the Radio News team in Scotland. It’s one of the most exciting places to make your mark in news - our teams make over seven hours of programmes covering Scottish, UK and international news, as well as hourly radio bulletins.

We aim to lead the agenda in Scotland with original stories, creative treatments, and superb analysis. So if you’re the kind of person who welcomes a challenge and wants to tell stories which really matter – we want to hear from you.

At the moment, there is no shortage of hugely important and complex news which need creative, intelligent, and insightful journalists to explain in just the right way.

Working as part of a small team, you could be reading the bulletins on our station or producing an in-depth interview with leading politicians, explaining how our exit from the European Union will change the lives of people in Scotland, or helping the audience understand exactly what K-pop is.

Main Responsibilities

Journalists on the team will have to fact-check diary stories, find just the right guest to speak to on our programmes, book studios and sort logistics, as well as write exceptional briefing notes and cues which really grab the attention of the audience.

You’ll also get the chance to broadcast with our regular radio news bulletins.

We need journalists who will come to editorial meetings prepared to talk about their own take on the stories of the day, contribute to the discussion, but also their own original ideas.

You’ll be expected to continually add new names to your contacts book on a variety of stories, finding new guests from diverse backgrounds.

We want journalists who have an exceptional ear for what makes superb audio story-telling, and how being creative with sound can elevate any story to something with real impact.

Experience of recording and mixing audio in the field would be a real asset.

You’ll also need a track record of broadcasting radio news bulletins.

You will also be expected to develop strong relationships with the wider BBC Scotland news team and beyond.

Are you the right candidate?

We’re looking for someone who will add energy, ideas, and a flair for story-telling to the team. Ideally, you’ll have a track record in radio journalism and be able to demonstrate the desire to find fresh news lines on running stories, creative and fresh approaches to covering the news which chime with underserved audiences, and fundamentally a great attitude.

You’ll need to have a clear understanding of who’s who in Scottish and UK politics, and willing to bash the phones to find the right guest on a huge range of story topics.

An ability to look beyond the press releases and find the real story hidden within is key in this role. We want people who can lead the news with their own stories or treatments, rather than follow the crowd or resort to cut and paste.

You’ll have worked in a busy newsroom. You’ll have excellent news judgement, be able to work effectively as part of a small team often to tight deadlines, and build trust and rapport with colleagues across BBC Scotland and beyond.

Note:  In support of this application please send an audio demonstration of you reading a radio news bulletin to

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