Saturday , April 13 2024

BBC Careers – Story Editor

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About the job

Job Introduction

Are you an experienced Story Editor or Storyliner? Passionate about Drama? Ready for the opportunity to progress your career? Then this is the role for you!

It’s an exciting time to be part of our team with all of our award-winning Continuing Dramas that brings audiences together week after week. From EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty to River City and Pobol y Cwm, our programmes remain a constant source of gripping entertainment, featuring cliff-hanger storylines and much-loved characters with whom our viewers have grown up.

EastEnders is the multi award winning soap broadcast four times a week on BBC ONE. It currently ranks as one of the most watched TV dramas in the UK tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on television in the UK. Through great writing and attention to detail the show manages to successfully balance gritty realism with high drama and entertainment to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, every week.

The EastEnders Editorial Team are at the heart of the drama offscreen! They work extremely hard in a busy environment to help bring the scripts to life. You will have the opportunity to learn and develop within an experienced Drama Editorial Office.

Role Responsibility

The Story Editor reports to the Story Producer and works with the wider editorial team to ensure that upcoming Story continuity is communicated and understood.

The successful candidate will be required to work closely with the Story Producer in order to support them in both creating and writing clear and concise Story Documents whilst also generating, developing and writing storylines in a variety of formats. The ability to also write detailed synopsis of stories so that all Writers, Producers and members of the Script Team are aware of the sections in which their requirements fits into the overall plan is one of the main elements of this role.

The role requires the ability to read all first drafts and shooting scripts to ensure that the story continuity is understood and to adjust and rework the story document with confidence in order to incorporate all notes and changes. In line with BBC Editorial Guidelines, you are also required to ensure that on-screen content reflects the diversity of British Society and that ethnic and other groups are portrayed appropriately.

Initiating the research into new story material and both writing and updating character biographies is also a part of this role, along with attending meetings whilst leading or assisting in discussions as required. You would also be required to be fully aware of the role of Story Producer and be prepared to cover any aspects of the job in their absence.

Are you the right candidate?


To undertake this role it is expected that you are both experienced and able to undertake the following requirements for this role

  • You will need significant drama Script Editing, Story Editing or Storylining experience
  • An enthusiasm, demonstrable interest and understanding of the genre, especially EastEnders
  • An ability to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose in keeping with the EastEnders in-house style
  • A thorough and demonstrable understanding of character, story and structure
  • Resilience and stamina sufficient to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules
  • Proven ability to persuade and influence and resolve differences in professional opinions, whilst being able to take several different opinions in a story meeting and reach a common ground
  • An awareness of the financial impact of differing storylines and an understanding of cast budgets
  • An understanding of Copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process. Knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health & safety policies, Editorial Guidelines and relevant trade union agreements


Package Description

Contract: 6 Month FTC / Attachment

Band: C

Location: Elstree

**Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week **

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on [email protected] with ref: BBC/TP/224227/63853 in the subject.

We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates.

  • 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.

About The BBC

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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