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Senior Lawyer, BBC Global News

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Job Introduction

This is a crucial role acting as a member of the Business and Legal Affairs (“BLA”) Global Distribution team, providing business and legal affairs support as required by the Global News distribution business, with a particular focus on distribution of BBC World News, the BBC’s biggest TV channel, and syndication of News, Sport and Features content from 

This includes: being a vital, trusted advisor within the Global News team and to the Global Distribution business teams; delivering first hand and first class business and legal affairs support on matters of key strategic, financial and reputational importance to relevant business including advice and support to all aspects of GNL’s business. 

Key clients include the distribution, sales and marketing, digital and technology, engineering and operations, and editorial teams, ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance, risk management and compliance with law, policy and regulation are observed at all times.

Role Responsibility

  • Provides accurate, timely, practical and commercially focused legal and commercial advice to clients.
  • Be the primary lead on the legal and business affairs aspects of complex and high-profile channel distribution, content licensing, and production deals, working closely with the relevant sales representative, commercial director, and other stakeholders to ensure effective negotiation and timely completion of the contracts required.
  • Support the co-ordination of information about channel distribution agreements across the business and leads on sharing information regarding legal and regulatory issues that may affect key distribution and digital partnerships.  
  • Provide advice generally in relation to, draft and negotiate legal documentation for the range of matters upon which the BLA team is asked to advise, including:
    • licensing of the BBC World News channel,  channel blocks and standalone programming;
    • licensing of digital content;
    • content commissioning, production and acquisition;
    • engineering, satellite, and other technical and engineering services and supply agreements;
    • other general commercial work.
  • Be the guardian of best practice on all channel distribution contracts, developing and maintaining precedents and providing and know-how for the rest of the team as required,

The Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified solicitor, barrister, or chartered legal executive.
  • 5 years+ of experience as a qualified lawyer in a reputable law firm and/or relevant business.
  • Commercially aware with an understanding of the issues affecting BBCS, broadcasting and media industry generally.
  • A track record of providing proactive, specialist, timely and authoritative legal advice and support to senior leaders and key decision-makers at the highest levels.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to clarify complex issues and concepts for non-lawyers.
  • Ability to work supportively as a team member and to build and manage relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to manage diverse workstreams and to apply complex analytical and problem- solving skills under pressure.
  • Shows initiative, commitment and flexibility when faced with obstacles.
  • Motivated to develop themselves and to contribute to knowledge sharing across the team.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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, 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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