Journalist (Sport Digital), BBC West Online

  • BBC Sport
  • Bristol, UK
  • 13 Feb, 2021
Full time Broadcast Journalism/Content

Job Description

Job Introduction

We’re looking for someone who has a passion to tell sport stories.  From Bristol City’s efforts to reach the promised land of the Premier League, to the fanatical following of Bristol Rovers, Swindon and the West’s other football teams.  The roar of The Shed at Kingsholm to the table-topping Bristol Bears, BBC West needs to be there. You won’t want to be just limited to football and rugby, we need someone who sees the sporting world in all its variety and diversity.

We have an amazing opportunity for someone to bring all of these brilliant stories to the country’s biggest sport website and app. BBC Sport gets 27m browsers a week and you get the chance to put your passion for West Country sport in front of those millions of readers, and on our hugely popular regional TV programme, Points West.


Role Responsibility

We need somebody who lives and breathes West Country sport and can translate that passion to our website audience. You’ll be able to make those ideas, amazing interviews and match coverage into content our readers love. You’ll also be working within the regional newsroom and helping other sports reporters from radio and TV translate their ideas into digital content. We’d love to hear how you would make the most of the interviews and content they gather and how that would become brilliant social media content.

The role reports to the regional Digital Editor in Bristol and is part of a wider network of sport regional journalists across England. As well as reporting locally you will also have the chance to work on EFL live pages covering football matches from England’s second tier. Be prepared – as this is a sport job, there will be plenty of weekend and evening shifts.

The Ideal Candidate

Do you genuinely love sport, and especially sport in the West of England? We’re a hotbed of rugby and have our fair share of sleeping football giants waiting for their turn in the big time. Imagine following their journey!

You will have huge amounts of enthusiasm, creativity and a calm head. One of our most-read pieces of content is the EFL live page, and it’s a hectic, but rewarding, day of work.

While you’ll need to be able to tell those fast-paced stories about what’s happening now, you’ll also be able to pick out those exclusives and human interest stories.  You’ll have a knack for finding the best line from the story to help it go far and wide.

Working closely with colleagues in TV and radio you will be part of a team whose aim it is to make the best of our stories on all our platforms.  A knowledge or ability to work with video or audio would also be a big advantage.  Interviewing, writing succinct and engaging copy, strong editorial judgement are all key requirements.  But above all you’ll love sport and be thrilled by the prospect of having a front-row seat to share your passion with BBC audiences.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Permanent

Location: Bristol

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.​

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites.  Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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. 


Applications Close: 21 February, 2021