Presenter, Early Breakfast Show – Freelance
Times Radio has shaken up the broadcasting firmament since launching in June 2020. As a live news radio station, we have already built up a strong reputation for providing well-informed, thoughtful and intelligent news and discussion, covering the key stories of the day. We have combined the famous journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with the radio experience of Wireless to create a station that is now pulling in over 700,000 weekly listeners. We have a world-class line-up of presenters talking to excellent guests, who value conversation over confrontation.
We need someone to take over the presenter role for the Early Breakfast Show, which is on from 5-6 am Monday to Friday.
It’s a much beloved programme, listened to by early risers across the nation. It offers a fresh and vibrant start to the day alongside a full briefing of all that matters in news, politics, business and sport. It is also home of the most exclusive club in broadcasting: the Early Breakfast Club, which has devoted members around the world, who feel a real sense of community and ownership in the show.
The programme is warm and witty, clever and completist. It is a trusted voice that can put a smile on your face in the early morning, but also confidently inform you of the crucial stories of the day.
Day to day you will:
- Produce and present the programme, booking your own guests and building up a regular stable of commentators;
- Make sure you can summarise and interrogate all the major stories of the day, some of which may be breaking while you are on air;
- Interview guests with intelligence, acting as a trusted representative of your listeners so they can develop a clear understanding of any subject;
- Maintain and grow the community of the Early Breakfast Club;
- Represent the values of the station as the first voice many will hear each day: be warm, wise and welcoming each morning.
What we’re looking for from you:
- Experience as a solo broadcaster;
- Self-reliance and the ability to book guests and develop ideas without supervision;
- Strong journalism skills and rock-solid judgement
- Warmth, wit and commitment to growing the programme and interacting with the audience;
- Understanding of relevant compliance and legal issues;
- Hunger for success and growth and building the brand of the programme and Times Radio.
What we need from you:
Please apply for this position via our careers site and send a 5-minute show reel or recording that advertises your suitability for the role to email@example.com with the subject line EARLY BREAKFAST SHOW PRESENTER APPLICATION.
We are Wireless: Our people create award-winning national and local radio and podcasts which have become destinations for millions of listeners across the UK, Ireland and beyond. Our success is rooted in delivering content our audiences love. Since Chris Evans returned to his spiritual home at Virgin Radio UK almost three years ago, the whole schedule has seen record audiences, and we’ve launched three more Virgin channels: Anthems, Chilled and Groove. This year Graham Norton joined us for weekend mornings and we launched our first pop up station, Virgin Pride. talkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station, partnering with the Premier League, UEFA Euros, British & Irish Lions and many others to deliver live commentaries and analysis from the best in the business. Times Radio launched in June 2020 bringing together the peerless journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with the world-class speech radio and podcasting experience of Wireless. talkRADIO is at the forefront of radio broadcasting innovation with many shows streamed live on youtube from our TV equipped studio. From FM104 in Dublin, to Cork’s 96FM, our Irish local radio brands are distinguished by their connections with their communities.
Life at Wireless
At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.