3 News gathering


Newsrooms vary in size depending on the radio station. However, there is usually a similar structure of staff who do specific and necessary tasks. Job titles vary between the BBC and commercial radio.

Head of News or News Editor

This is the most senior journalist in the newsroom, reporting directly to the Programme Director in commercial radio or, in the BBC, to the Managing Editor. They are editorially and managerially in charge. On some stations, the Head of News is involved in the day-to-day running of the newsdesk, including some reporting and presenting. In others, he or she deals more with policy and administration.

Editorial jobs include:

helping to decide the frequency and times of bulletins; ...

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