Senior Journalist Team Manager, BBC Radio Stoke

Job Reference: BBC/TP/637403/36529
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Contract Details: Continuing
Salary: Within Band
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 22/04/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – English Regions
Location: Stoke

Package Description

Contract: Continuing, full-time

Location: Stoke


Job Introduction

BBC Radio Stoke is an extremely ambitious BBC Local Radio Station.

We serve a potential 600,000 people in Staffordshire and Cheshire. It’s a diverse area. Stoke in Trent is an energetic city with many communities, 6 towns and a large student population. Pottery production remains an important industry as the city evolves and reinvents itself moving from mass-industry to a more artisan scene with greater cultural vibrancy. Other key towns include Leek, Crewe, Nantwich, and Stafford.

We’re looking for a brilliant leader to inspire the News team with great journalism knowledge and a vision that includes digital and BBC Sounds.  

They will be a big part of the management team and will be involved in all aspects of running a successful radio station. 

We have a reputation for broadcasting in the heart of our community, producing ear-catching content and strong local journalism.

We’re proud to develop talent that goes on to flourish both here and across the BBC.

BBC Radio Stoke is a pacy, friendly and fun environment to work in, the successful candidate can help define this crucial role for the future.

Main Responsibilities

The Senior Journalist Team Manager (News Editor) is responsible for driving the news content of the station and leading the news team.

We want someone who can interpret the brief of ‘Owning the Local Conversation’ to drive the team to produce people-led journalism that will get us noticed.

You will be responsible for motivating, inspiring and organising a talented team of journalists, reporters, producers and presenters.

You will also be the first referral point on station for many complex editorial and legal issues.

You will work with the Management team to ensure the highest standards are always achieved.

You will lead an approach that is inclusive and collaborative, whilst ensuring we make the most of rapidly changing technology.

You will make deployment decisions based on how the story will work across multiple platforms.

Are you the right candidate?

You'll be a highly motivated and dynamic leader who has a great news sense in tune with that of our audience both in radio and digital. 

You’ll be able to manage your time effectively and bring creative treatments to stories, inspiring confidence in others to manage their own work and responsibilities within the output.   


In addition to your online application, please upload a critique (500 words max) of a recent episode of BBC Radio Stoke’s Breakfast programme -  to Dropbox no later than the closing date of the role. Please note, if you do not provide a critique your application will not be considered. 

Interviews planned to take place Tuesday 30th April

About the BBC

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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. 

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