Journalist, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Job Reference: BBC/TP/623870/36661
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed term
Contract Details: 6 Months FTC
Salary: Within Band
Closing Date: 14/04/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – English Regions
Location: Cambridgeshire

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: 6 month FTC/Attachment

Location: Cambridgeshire

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page.

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.

Job Introduction

Come and work in a world-famous location, a county changing rapidly with huge infrastructure projects, large housing developments and business innovation. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is looking for journalists who can tell the story about the challenges and opportunities surrounding this diverse and dynamic patch. A county that celebrates science, technology, invention, world-class education, tourism, farming and rural Fenland beauty. A county challenged by its logistics, cost of living and pace of change. Come and tell the story to tens of thousands of listeners and millions of digital users, on our platforms and personality rich programmes.


Main Responsibilities

You will be working from Cambridge on a Thursday to Monday shift, incorporating weekend bulletins - writing and reading news bulletins across weekend output. On the weekdays we would include reporting and programme production in the shift alongside bulletin preparation.

You may find yourself out on a breaking story turning content around for live programmes, or making a creative package for the Breakfast Show. It is also likely that you would be involved in the studio production of live news output. You’ll need to be familiar with our broadcast software systems including Open Media and Dira Highlander. Knowledge of a working radio studio would also be an advantage.

While being a great team player is a must, you’ll also need to be a self-starter who we can be relied on to be resourceful. Showcasing the output on social media and the BBC’s multi-media platforms is an essential part of the role.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for a real creative who can use sound and script to tell great stories. You will have an awareness of our audience, local radio output and the local topical issues that are relevant to our listeners.  You’ll make compelling radio from a standing start and against the clock, while operating broadcast equipment both in the studio and on location.

You will be cool under pressure and have experience of dealing with the public.  We want sharp, concise news copy and a strong broadcast voice to accompany it. You’ll need the ability to communicate with confidence, accompanied by excellent editorial judgment while being able to persuade contributors to go on air.  You will have great contacts and an understanding of the news agenda that leads to the delivery of original stories that have a multi-media impact.

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

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