Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Wiltshire

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March 25, 2022
Job Type
Closing Date


We're looking for a broadcast journalist to join the team at BBC Radio Wiltshire.

BBC Radio Wiltshire broadcasts from our studios in the heart of Old Town, Swindon. We cover the stories affecting the lives of people living in our area on the radio and on social media. We're passionate about representing the full range of views and values in our community.

You'll need a knowledge of the media landscape, an appreciation of audiences and an understanding of the editorial and legal issues which influence content making.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious and creative broadcast journalist to join the BBC Wiltshire newsroom team.

Role Responsibility

We're looking for someone who can work across the newsroom, in particular as a news reader, programme producer, reporter and planner. You'll be used to working under pressure and be full of ideas which we can turn into compelling and creative radio and social media.


1.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.

2 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.

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

4. To prepare and present bulletins, .

5. To produce live and pre-recorded radio programmes and to prepare radio packages.

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

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

8. To operate broadcast equipment: in radio, portable recording equipment, self-operating outside broadcasting vehicles and studio equipment;

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

10. On occasions, to administer programmes budgets, ensuring effective use of money and resources, and to supervise the work of Journalism Coordinators maintain local contacts and to fulfil a public relations role e.g. responding to enquiries from the public.

12. At all times to carry out duties in accordance with BBC Health and Safety

The Ideal Candidate

You'll have experience in a newsroom, great writing skills, real on-air authority, a critical ear and an appreciation of what makes brilliant radio. You'll have an understanding of our audience and how to engage them. You'll understand how to use social media to gather stories and to share our content with new people.

You'll be a good multi-tasker and able to prioritise. You'll need to be comfortable making decisions to tight deadlines.

It would be a bonus if you had some experience of live studio producing gained at a radio station. You'll have a range of technical skills and be familiar with editing software.


  • Experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques.
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC's distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage and the audience.
  • Ability to use technology as required, in order to gather material for broadcast.
  • Understands how a team works effectively.
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
  • Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances.
  • An understanding of health and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting.


In addition to your online application which will include registering on our Careers Hub site and completing the online questionnaire, you will also need to send us a demo, ideally in MP3 or Whatsapp format (alternatively a file transfer link in an email), which showcases your voice. The audio should last no longer than 3 minutes and be emailed to or whatsapps to Carly Appleby on 07756 213 799 by the close date and an idea for an original story idea you think we should cover in less than 200 words. If you do not submit a demo or if it arrives late your application will not be considered.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Continuing

Location: Swindon

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.

About the Company

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.