Journalist, Radio News Bulletins -12 month FTC

Job Reference: BBC/TP/1199749/35353
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Full Time
Contract Details: 12 month FTC/Attachment
Salary: Competitive
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 13/02/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – Scotland News
Location: Glasgow

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 month FTC/Attachment 
Location: Glasgow Pacific Quay

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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

Please note:  In support of this application please submit an audio demonstration of you broadcasting a Radio News Bulletin and upload via dropbox via this link:


Job Introduction

Have you got a passion for radio?  Are you a broadcaster bursting with ambition, who’d relish the opportunity to get on air with BBC Radio Scotland?  We’re looking for a journalist who’s a terrific storyteller to join our newsroom at Pacific Quay.  It’s an exciting time for BBC Scotland so if you’ve got ideas and creativity this could be the role for you.

You’ll be working on our busy radio news bulletins desk sourcing, compiling and reading our hourly bulletins.  You’ll need first class news judgement, ability to work to tight deadlines and a terrific broadcast voice.  But just as important is your attitude – we’re looking for dynamic team players who can make a difference to our news operation.

So if that’s you, we’d like to hear from you.

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 upload an audio demonstration of you reading a radio news bulletin to:

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