News Editor, Planning (Full Time or Part Time)

2 weeks ago
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To take a leading editorial role in the 5 News team, planning future coverage and news events, identifying and arranging stories and overseeing the planning team. An understanding of the 5 News’ agenda is crucial as well as the ability to spot distinctive and exclusive content. An appreciation of the importance of social media and driving content online is a key part of the role.  This is a leading newsroom role – the successful candidate will be a proven team leader with a track record of inspiring and developing young talent.


  • Plan future coverage and news events for all 5 News’ programmes and online
  • Keep the editorial diary and come up with story ideas
  • Identify, commission and secure distinctive and exclusive stories
  • Plan resources such as cameras and crews to ensure all stories are adequately covered. Brief and deploy reporters and correspondents
  • Lead editorial planning meetings
  • For both next-day and further ahead coverage the Planning Editor will liaise closely with other planning desks at ITN
  • Make informed legal and health and safety judgements
  • Set realistic but challenging objectives for reporters covering stories
  • Oversee the planning team including supporting junior staff and freelancers
  • The ability to cover News Editor shifts would be preferred


  • Strong decision-making skills
  • A record in planning on and off diary content
  • Drive to secure exclusive content for TV and digital
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and story coverage
  • The ability to plan and manage a wide range of tasks under pressure
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Excellent journalistic judgement
  • Ability to deal with teams in the field
  • Experience as a line manager would be preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of satellites and newsgathering infrastructure as well as internet technology
  • Good knowledge of Ofcom regulations and the ITN compliance manual
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements
  • Awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision making

Hiring Manager : Job Title

Deputy Editor, C5N

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