Broadcast Journalists, BBC Oxford
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Attachment/Fixed Term

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Closing date for applications
3 February 2011

Broadcast Journalists (2)


One 12 month contract

One 6 month contract

Award-winning BBC Radio Oxford needs two new golden voices to help deliver its news bulletins.

With a contemporary sound and a real connection with its audience, the station is characterised by creativity and innovation and is one of the most exciting places to work in BBC local radio.

At the heart of its output is an accessible and authoritative news service majoring on stories that matter. Crucial to that service is the quality of its newsreading and reporting.

Your main role will be to write, prepare and read our news bulletins, delivering them in an authoritative and creative way. You’ll work within a team on a shift system and will generate your own original stories as well as helping develop other creative ideas to reach our diverse communities. You’ll work in a multi media environment providing material for radio, online and television. You’ll also be able to report and produce live and recorded material for broadcast and may be needed to work on other areas of the output as required.
As an experienced journalist you’ll have an excellent broadcasting voice; a track record of original stories; bags of ideas; creative treatments, first class writing skills, and ability to work in a multi platform environment. Experience of reading bulletins is essential. You’ll need strong editorial judgement, sound legal knowledge, news and sport awareness, and experience of radio production techniques. You must be flexible in your approach; be a team player; have strong planning and organising skills as well as the ability to work on your own. In addition, you’ll need a good understanding of our audiences and the different communities that make up our patch.

In order to apply for this vacancy you must submit a 90 second demo of your bulletin reading with no audio clips. You can email this to or alternatively send your mini disk to Mike Day, BBC Radio Oxford, PO Box 95.2, Oxford OX2 7DW. Please note that your email or mini disk should be submitted by 1pm on the closing date of the vacancy.

For further details about the role, contact Mike Day on 01865 889099.

Closes: Thursday 3 February.

It’s anticipated interviews will be held on 14/15 February.
If successful, you will need to start as soon as possible.

At the BBC we respect each other and celebrate our diversity so that everyone gives their best. The BBC positively encourages applications from all parts of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

Job Description


Job Designation: Broadcast Journalist

Grade: 057D

To include: Radio Producers, Radio Reporters, TV Journalists, Researchers,

Works to: Senior Broadcast Journalist

Job Purpose

To initiate and produce, as part of a team, a wide variety of news and current affairs material for Radio and/or Television.

Key Behaviours

To carry out in-depth research to a broad brief, with minimal supervision across the whole range of Regional Broadcasting news and current affairs output.

To write material for programme scripts, bulletins and links, exercising editorial judgement, maintaining professional journalistic standards and adhering to BBC policy and legal and contractual guidelines.

To undertake interviewing and reporting duties, under broad direction in both recorded and live situations, in studio or on location, for both Radio and Television.

To prepare and present bulletins, including assessing incoming copy, sub-editing news copy and deploying the necessary resources.

To produce live and pre-recorded radio news and current affairs programmes and to prepare radio and TV packages under supervision.

To originate and develop programme ideas; to assist in forward planning of material for future programmes.

To provide briefings for reporters, camera crews and other resources staff and contributors.

To operate broadcast equipment: in radio, portable recording equipment, self-operating outside broadcasting vehicles and studio equipment; in television, to direct camera crews on pre-recorded and live coverage, to oversee editing and operate gallery equipment.

To liaise with and service the requirements of the network newsrooms.

On occasions, to administer programmes budgets, ensuring effective use of money and resources, and to supervise the work of Broadcast Assistants.

To develop and maintain local contacts and to fulfil a public relations role e.g. responding to enquiries from the public.

At all times to carry out duties in accordance with Regional Broadcasting Health and Safety guidelines policy.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

This is the core professional level in journalism within Regional Broadcast. Journalists are employed across a range of functions and with different skills, knowledge and experience. There is staged progression through the level which is related to review of performance and the achievement of specific objectives at every stage.
On initial recruitment, either a recognised journalistic qualification or substantial practical experience in journalism (likely to be around 3 years).

People with a similar amount of experience in broadcast journalism may be appointed at a higher level within the salary range.

First class news judgement.

Good broadcasting and on-air skills where appropriate.

Good writing skills.

Ability to originate and develop programme stories.

Ability to work co-operatively as part of a small team.

Knowledge of production techniques and facilities in both Radio and Television and the ability to develop Multi-Media production skills.

An understanding of the BBC’s Producer Guidelines and awareness of legal considerations applying to all types of output.

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