Extend in News

A BBC News development initiative for journalists with disabilities

This scheme is currently closed for applications.

Key details

Scheme start date: September 2020

Duration: 1 year

Location: London

What will I do as part of the scheme?

In BBC News, we aim to deliver the best and most innovative content. We want to challenge and speak to our audiences in new and engaging ways and most importantly, we want to be in touch with what’s on people’s minds. Our aim is to create more opportunities for journalists with disabilities in BBC News due to an under-representation across the BBC as a whole. This year we are also open to applications for production management assistant roles. We want anyone with a disability, be that hidden or visible, to consider applying to be part of this exciting opportunity.

Under the year-long programme we are offering six positions for placements in teams across BBC News. The roles available are at various levels of experience, from junior levels to more experienced senior editorial levels. We will match the right candidate to the right opportunity.

Across the 12 months you will receive bespoke training and support from BBC managers and you will also be mentored by someone from within BBC News.

If you're creative, passionate about storytelling and want to either work behind the scenes or delivering innovative content for a wide range of audiences across our digital and other platforms then we want to hear from you.

Please note that some placements in BBC News will involve working shifts including weekends and overnights, however the programme aims to be as inclusive as possible, so reasonable adjustments both in terms of office location and part time/flexible working will be considered on a case by case basis.

People applying for the 12 month programme will be selected for one of the following roles and will be matched to the most suitable team:

  • Journalist
  • Video Journalist
  • Senior Journalist
  • Production Management Assistant

Who are you?

  • You have a real enthusiasm for News and Current Affairs
  • You are creative, full of journalistic ideas, determined and resilient
  • You have a disability (hidden or visible)

Disabilities are recognised by the Equality Act 2010: “A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This definition includes impairments or medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV or MS.”

People who were recruited on the 2017 Extend in News programme are ineligible to apply.

Current BBC staff can also apply for a bespoke three month development attachment in a BBC News team (any UK location), working with experienced editors and staff to support and develop your skills. We will work with you to identify your development goals and arrange the best possible placement.


We are committed to making the process of applying for this programme right for you as an individual and we have our own BBC Disability Access Service that provides assessments and support for disabled people throughout the recruitment process and during your employment with us.

We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format. If you have a disability you will also have the option to go through our Extend Hub when you apply.

What are we offering?

  • A 12 month continuing contract with a UK based BBC News team, starting 8th April 2019 (subject to successfully completing a probationary period) For internal BBC staff the opportunity to also be considered for a three month development attachment in a BBC News team
  • Bespoke training and learning tailored to your position
  • Any reasonable adjustments required to create the best possible working environment for you
  • You will work with experienced BBC editors and staff as well as being mentored by someone within BBC News
  • You will be part of a network of people who have joined the BBC on this programme
  • 26 days’ holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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