Vineyard House, Immediate's London offices


  • 12.03.2024
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • MOTD

Job description

Writer, BBC Match of the Day (£27,000)

At Immediate, we’re home to some of the biggest and most loved consumer brands in the UK, including Radio Times, Good Food and Gardeners World. Our trusted, quality content reaches millions of people a month across digital, print, video, podcasts, apps and live events.

We’re the destination for people looking to get more from the things they love. We help inspire them; deepening their knowledge, skills and fuelling their passions, to enjoy more of what life has to offer.

Whether it’s the big things, or the little things; from reaching fitness goals to savouring good food, cultivating outdoor, or indoor, spaces, or enjoying the latest TV sensation with loved ones – we help bring our audiences joy!


About the role

You will be joining the UK’s best-selling football magazine, the official magazine of the iconic BBC TV show, and the biggest children’s publisher in the UK. You will become an integral part of a talented, award-winning team which prides itself on producing original, high-quality content to entertain, inform and educate tens of thousands of young football fans across the country.

You’ll love this role if… you are passionate about football, writing and creating amazing content!

As a writer on BBC Match of the Day magazine, you will;

  • Produce engaging, accurate copy that is appropriate and compelling to the readership in the brand’s house style and tone
  • Source suitable, relevant and engaging images
  • Along with the rest of the editorial team, come up with content ideas for each issue
  • Attend planning meetings to contribute ideas and to discuss content and format of issues
  • Create engaging social media posts for the BBC Match of the Day magazine X and Instagram accounts
  • Be a passionate champion of the brand, ensuring that BBC Match of the Day magazine constantly delivers the highest reader experience
  • Liaise with schedulers, programme makers, production staff and talent to ensure that magazine content is current and relevant
  • Attend football matches, events and functions to represent the magazines as directed by the senior team, often after work or at weekends
  • Interview footballers, BBC talent, influencers and more, as required
  • Keep up to date with football news and pop culture trends
  • Organise content opportunities, such as interviews, by sourcing, developing and liaising with relevant PRs, agents and brands
  • Be prepared to appear on BBC Match of the Day YouTube channel and social channels
  • Manage magazine competitions, sourcing prizes and liaising with relevant stakeholders such as legal/marketing/licence holders
  • Liaise professionally with editorial contributors, including the processing of invoices
  • General administrative duties
  • Look after visitors and casual workers (organise IT/systems access and security passes), liaising with facilities/IT/switchboard as necessary
  • Handle enquiries via phone, email and social media, using initiative to deal with queries and referring other queries to the relevant editorial staff or relevant departments
  • Oversee and manage the magazine email inbox for MOTD, plus other titles within the Youth & Children department
  • Assist with other magazine teams within Y&C according to the opportunities and demands on the team and teams (this can include picture research; photographing covermounts; helping with customer complaints/issues; making things for pre-school magazines; helping with reader research; and setting up competitions)


  • Be passionate about everything to do with football
  • Have an encyclopaedic knowledge of football – from the lower leagues to elite level
  • Previous experience of working on a football channel or youth magazine is desirable
  • Be creative and bursting with positive energy
  • Knowledge of and experience on social media platforms, specifically Instagram, X, YouTube and TikTok
  • Can demonstrate a clear understanding of our readers, how they use children’s magazines and apps and how they absorb information
  • Knowledge of media law is desirable


  • A relaxed working environment with regular socials including a summer festival
  • Immediate Community webinars, well-being initiatives and Mental Health First aiders
  • 25 days holiday plus a day for your birthday. Our offices will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s which are in addition to your annual entitlement
  • Tailored training and development through our Love Learning platform
  • A progressive and transparent culture with clear career progression
  • Flexible/hybrid working plus early finish Fridays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced Family Policies including paternity, adoption and surrogacy leave. We also provide a pregnancy loss, fertility, and carers policy
  • Competitive pension plans and Life Assurance
  • A newly renovated modern office with lots of collaborative spaces

We pride ourselves on our open, collaborative, and dynamic culture. This encourages our people to thrive, and give their best whilst being supported, developed, and nurtured. As we care about our people, our environment, and the impact we make, we have an active Diversity and inclusion network, comprehensive well-being programmes, and clear sustainability strategies.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of all our values and leadership behaviours to ensure Immediate remains a place where everyone feels included and empowered;

We care

We succeed together

We enjoy the ride

We are bold

We never settle

We get on with it

People are at the heart of our business and creating a diverse and inclusive working environment is extremely important to us. Immediate is an equal opportunities employer. We’ll never treat anyone less favourably because of their sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marital/civil partnerships, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability. We’re also committed to supporting applications from those who are returning to work following a career break, maternity leave or caring responsibilities.

We work with talented, driven people to make our vision reality

Such an amazing team requires nothing short of the best. That’s why we put a lot of effort into creating a work environment they deserve.

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