Journalists, Freelance PAYE opportunities - BBC News Output

Job Reference: BBC/TP/589305/35313
Number of Positions: 10
Contract Type: Freelance
Salary: Freelance rate (dependent on experience)
Closing Date: 13/02/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: News & Current Affairs
BBC Business Unit: News - News Output
Location: London

Package Description

Any opportunities that arise, following appointment to this talent pool, will be offered as Freelance PAYE opportunities only.

Appointment to the talent pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.  

Any freelance work offered will be carried out at our New Broadcasting House office in Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

Any work offered with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is the BBC’s International English language radio network. World Service English has a weekly audience of more than 78 million people.

The BBC has been committed to journalistic excellence for more than 80 years.  World Service English news bulletins and programmes, including Newshour, OS, Newsday, World Update and The Newsroom,  are a leading part of the BBC’s international offer, featuring the reporting and analysis people need to make sense of an increasingly complex world. Our award-winning programmes draw on over 40 BBC news bureaux to bring impartial and trusted news to audiences all over the globe.


Main Responsibilities

We’re creating a talent pool of producers on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us across our programmes.

You’ll work as part of the production team across bulletins, Newshour, OS, Newsday, World Update and The Newsroom, as directed, on a variety of duties:  pitching ideas, fixing contributors, producing presenter interviews and cutting audio for broadcast, writing cues and world news stories for radio; gathering and working on information from sources including social media; writing headlines, structuring sequences and story briefs; contributing to the planning and origination of new angles and stories.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need a good knowledge of our editorial agenda, sharp radio production and writing skills and be able to respond to a fast-moving news environment. Candidates will have passion for radio and should enjoy working under pressure and bring plenty of story, contributor and production ideas to the role. You will be expected to work across our platforms and have an understanding of the different production methods as well as audience needs. You will be comfortable with digital technology and social media, able quickly to pick up new skills and turn ideas into engaging coverage. You will need a thorough understanding of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and values or the ability to pick this up quickly. You will also be prepared to work night shifts.

Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve. We are therefore actively seeking individuals with skills/experience/backgrounds that can help contribute to ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.

About the BBC

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, sexuality, social 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