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Head of News

  • News UK
  • London, UK
  • 20/12/2021
Full time Executive Management Media-Journalism Studio Management Producer / Production

Job Description

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: Virgin Anthems, Virgin Chilled and Virgin 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.

 

The Team: Wireless Group is looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking Head of News to manage our National Stations' news & sport bulletins. 

 

Your Role: The role will also encompass running the TV bulletins on talk TV plus co-ordinating the teams across radio & TV, recruiting, and reading bulletins yourself. Based out of London you will work across talkSPORT, talkSPORT 2, Times Radio, talkRADIO / talkTV and Virgin Radio, as well as our on demand briefings and bulletins. You will have fantastic news judgement, an eye for a story, excellent contacts and proven skills leading a team.

 

Day to day you will: Manage the team of news readers and reporters to deliver high quality bulletins across the network of stations and podcasts. Deal with breaking news in a calm, fast thinking manner to ensure the on air output quickly updates the listeners. Forward plan to give guidance to stations on upcoming stories and events. Be available to read bulletins and provide 2-ways into programmes across the network.

 

  • Rota management

  • Handle recruitment of news readers

  • Liaise with stations on upcoming stories

  • Manage budget and personnel issues.

  • Monitor bulletin output across radio, TVbroadcast, digital streaming and audio.  

 

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Experience as a News Editor essential or within a similar role

  • Be able to coach and develop talent in others

  • Be able to work calmly effectively under pressure, react quickly, and meet tight deadlines

  • Be able to manage a small team, including contingent workers

  • Excellent communication, leadership and delegation skills

  • Organise staff rotas

  • Excellent understanding of compliance guidelines and legal parameters. 

  • Deal with breaking news events to coordinate resources across radio and TV. 

  • Work with social media teams to communicate news stories generated from output 

  • Clear understanding on radio craft to be able to shape bulletins to the needs of individual stations. 

  • Strong understanding of news and current affairs plus in sport. 

  • A creative with an eye for detail that knows how to shape and tell news stories.





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 champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 

 

In addition we also offer:

 

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;

  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;

  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

 

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.