This role works as part of the BBC's Corporate Press Office in a small team on the front line programme publicity desk, reporting into the Chief Press Officer and Communications Manager, Programmes Desk. You'll assist on proactive programme publicity campaigns for daytime and early evening shows, as well as on some of the BBC's much loved arts, factual and entertainment television programmes from across the schedules. You'll be on the frontline of handling media interest and queries about programmes as well as working with high profile talent, and helping on big moments in the Corporate Press Office as part of the wider team.
To run pro-active publicity campaigns for BBC programmes through maintaining effective working relationships with production and talent, and to include arranging interviews, photo opportunities, and achieving coverage in a wide range of outlets to support BBC objectives.
To work as part of a team to manage the Programmes Desk inbox, liaising with colleagues across the division and wider business in order to deal with enquiries in a timely manner.
Maintaining pre-existing Programmes Desk processes - including uploading preview copies of BBC programmes to BBC Previews and Programme Information allowing journalists to access relevant materials.
To incorporate social media channels and digital activity into publicity and communications campaigns.
With an eye for a story and by developing contacts across the BBC you'll constantly come up with ideas for proactive stories, develop them and secure positive coverage for the BBC.
Establish a good knowledge of key media contacts in the national and regional newspapers and websites, TV and radio outlets.
Comply with the press office responsibilities under the BBCs Editorial Standards, including checking responses and releases issued to the media have the appropriate level of sign-off.
Provide required information and copy to high standards of accuracy and on time.
Are you the right candidate?
Ability to work to tight deadlines often under pressure.
Very good written and oral communications including good English spelling punctuation and grammar.
Excellent Interpersonal skills and social skills, both face-to-face and on the phone
Computer literate with strong office skills including the ability translate complex data into easy to understand materials.
Able to learn new IT skills quickly and adapt to different systems, including digital editing and uploading to websites.
A good working knowledge and use of social media for promoting content and news stories
Organised and focused with good attention to detail.
Contract type: Permanent
Location: New Broadcasting House, London
Please note, should you be successful interiews will take place w/c 27th August
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.
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