Journalist, BBC WM

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/258248/38123
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed term
Salary: Within Band
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 18/06/2019
Job Category: Journalism
BBC Region / Division: Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit: N&R – English Regions
Location: Birmingham - The Mailbox

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: 9 months FTC/Attachment

Location: Birmingham

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

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

You’ll be working in our busy radio newsroom sourcing original stories, producing and outputting programmes.  You’ll need first class news judgement, ability to find great local stories and a great ear for radio.  But just as important is your attitude – we’re looking for dynamic team players who can make a difference to our output.

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

Main Responsibilities

We’re looking for a great programme producer – both setting up and outputting.  You’ll be brimming with creative ideas to make entertaining radio and have a great understanding of what our audiences want.

We need journalists who will come to editorial meetings with their own ideas for stories as well as be prepared to talk about their take on the stories of the day.

You’ll be expected to continually add new names to your contacts book on a variety of stories, finding new guests from diverse backgrounds.

BBC WM is a friendly, busy, creative environment with an established and experienced team who will help and support you.

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 have a great knowledge of the West Midlands and an impressive contact book.  You’ll know that personality presentation is key to our success.  And you’ll have 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.


In addition to your Careers Hub application, please email Sarah Harness with your story idea – showing how you would treat an original story on our Sunday Breakfast show.

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