BBC Scotland news is looking for a Consumer Affairs Correspondent who can bring something different to the world of Business. We’re looking for someone who has a genuine interest in what makes people tick and sees the human element in all of the stories. They will become a key figure in our family of on-air faces, providing authoritative storytelling, creative treatments and a raft of original stories to the programme.
The Consumer Affairs Correspondent will be a key role, covering stories from across the business and economics spectrum, but also expected to lead our original journalism, and occasionally travelling to big stories in the rest of the UK and abroad.
This role is being created as part of the investment in the nine o’clock news programme on BBC Scotland’s new TV channel, which is due to launch next February. The successful candidate will have a focus on this programme, and across all our other news outlets on TV, radio, website and social media.
The nine o’clock news (subject to Ofcom approval) will be an hour-long week-night news programme (with shorter bulletins at the weekend), featuring the best of Scottish, UK and international journalism with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract a new audience to the BBC, and to combine the best of BBC talent with some new faces.
The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.
You will be focussing on understanding and reflecting the consumer experience and view of stories from across the business and economics spectrum. This is a wide-ranging brief that will cover everything from the squeeze on living standards and the cost of energy bills to food waste.
The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the news agenda and be used to working on the most complex of stories. They’ll be able to explain those stories in a clear, informal and warm manner to the audience. They will be an accomplished package maker and really comfortable with live broadcasting both in a studio setting and on location.
As well as covering the news agenda, the successful candidate will be required to contribute fully to the programme’s remit to bring original stories to the audience. They will need to make all of their stories distinctive and fresh for a programme which needs to stand out from the competition. While the majority of their assignments will be in Scotland, some travel both around the UK and across the world will be required.
There may be occasional presenting duties as part of this role. You will be required to broadcast on BBC outlets, both in Scotland and on BBC network programmes, and you’ll be required to create great digital content alongside your TV pieces.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll be a top-class reporter or correspondent with a reputation for brilliant storytelling, the ability to make complex issues clear, and an eye for stand out visual storytelling. You’ll be able to adopt an informal, conversational tone in your reporting, and establish good onscreen relationships with the presenting team. You will have endless ideas for creative storytelling techniques to make sure our journalism is unique. You’ll be comfortable working alone or as part of a team, and on short news items, longer features and special commissions and series.
You’ll be a confident, engaging and authoritative live broadcaster, calm under pressure and have a strong track record on reporting breaking news. You’ll have a hunger for a story and a flair and instinct for original journalism. You’ll have a strong sense of how to adapt your journalism for a digital audience, and how to broaden the news agenda to reach audiences traditionally underserved by the BBC. You’ll be completely across BBC Editorial Guidelines.
Proposed Grade E
Base: Scotland Flexible
We anticipate that for the successful candidate, the start date will be effective from late Autumn.
The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC. We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy. Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.
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