Journalist (Newsreader) BBC Radio Solent

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/258248/37385
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed term
Contract Details: 12 months fixed-term contract/Attachment
Salary: Within Band
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 23/04/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – English Regions
Location: Southampton

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Fixed-term/Attachment

Location: Southampton

12 month attachment/fixed term contract.  

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

BBC Radio Solent is the South's original local radio station; on air for over forty years and serving an audience passionate about local issues and where they live. Based in Southampton and Dorchester and broadcasting to Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight it’s a vibrant, varied and extremely busy news patch.   

Main Responsibilities

BBC Radio Solent is looking for an afternoon newsreader. If you're an experienced journalist with superb writing skills and an excellent broadcasting voice we want to hear from you. You’ll be passionate about delivering the news in a creative and ear-grabbing way. You will want your bulletins to stand out and you’ll be passionate about the craft. You’ll know how to write a brilliant top line, how to distil a story into three lines. You’ll be tuned into what our audience wants and you’ll know what stories make the best leads.         

Are you the right candidate?

You'll have substantial experience in a radio newsroom, first class writing skills, real on-air authority, a critical ear and an appreciation of what makes compelling radio. You’ll be adept at social media and enjoy finding stories as much as delivering them on air. In addition, you'll need a good understanding of the BBC Radio Solent audience and the different communities that call the South home. You’ll also be responsible for helping with stories for the following morning’s bulletins.

Please note that in order to be considered for this role we will require a voice demonstration (this can be an MP3 on email) to be submitted by (Closing date).  The demo should be a news bulletin that you have written and read yourself. It needs to give us a clear example of your writing skills, your authority in delivering the news, plus it should demonstrate your creativity in how you treat each story and bring it to life using audio and clips. It should be a maximum of 4 minutes. Please email an MP3 to Tim Atkinson, News Editor, BBC Radio Solent, Please make sure it is clearly labelled.  

We will not consider any application without a supporting voice demo, although a range of short listing criteria is considered, the quality of the audio submitted will be highly weighted.

For further information on the role please contact Tim Atkinson (News Editor) on 023 8063 1311.

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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