• Broadcast Licensing Executive

    UK-Multiple Locations - Across our regional offices
    Content and Media Policy Group
    Salary Details
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
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    Contract Duration
    Closing Date
  • Team Overview

    The Broadcast Licensing and Programme Operations team is part of Ofcom’s Content and Media Policy Group. Its primary purpose is to secure a wide range of television and radio services which are of high quality and appeal to a variety of tastes and interests throughout the UK. 


    We license around 2,000 television and radio services; some licences are granted following a competitive award process (one available licence but with many applicants); others are issued on demand. One of our most important duties is to ensure that broadcasters are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence. We also have duties to enforce compliance with conditions in broadcast licences, such as a requirement to provide certain types of programme content (e.g. local or regional programmes, news) and we take appropriate action, including revoking licences or issuing fines, when necessary.


    Purpose of the Role

    You will be part of a team that undertakes a variety of operational and policy-led work across the team’s programmes (e.g. assessing licence applications, transfers and variations, and enforcing licence conditions). You will also have the opportunity to be involved in broadcast licensing projects (e.g. the impact of Brexit on TV broadcasters, enabling smaller radio stations to ‘go digital’, and local TV).

    Requirements of the Role

    • Assessing applications for a range of TV and radio licence types ensuring that the applicant meets the licensing requirements (including whether they are ‘fit and proper’) and collaborating with colleagues (including the legal team) on applications which raise complex issues. 
    • Responding to queries from TV and radio applicants and licensees. 
    • Managing investigations into TV and radio licensees who fail to comply with their licence conditions (e.g. paying licence fees, providing information to Ofcom and broadcasting the types content they are required to) which may result in drafting Decisions for publication on Ofcom’s website. 
    • Using a number of databases to manage applications, licences and licence enforcement cases. 
    • Participating in meetings by speaking and presenting with confidence on your work and providing input on the work of others in the team. 
    • Acting as a point of contact for colleagues in other teams as well as external stakeholders (e.g. applicants, licensees and complainants), speaking to them on the phone, and corresponding with them by email and letter. 
    • Opportunity for involvement in developing/implementing new policies e.g. enabling smaller radio stations to ‘go digital’, local TV and the impact of Brexit on TV broadcasting. 
    • Working across areas of Content and Media Policy Group’s remit, as required.

    Skills, knowledge and experience

    • Experience of taking responsibility for effective and timely delivery of high quality work. 
    • Able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in light of new information and depending on priorities. 
    • Develops logical process to analyse and research key issues, with the ability to clearly articulate findings to colleagues. 
    • Experience of identifying risks and escalating when necessary. 
    • Ability to produce succinct, logical, high quality proof read documents to agreed timescales 
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to engage effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. 
    • Able to identify problems and willing to suggest solutions.


    No mandatory qualifications are required for the role.


    • Takes ownership of a case, workstream or an aspect of a project or programme. 
    • Identifies potential controversy or stakeholder issues, seeking guidance to avert or contain the problem. 
    • Delivers high quality proof read documents to agreed timescales. 
    • Shows flexibility in the light of new information and evidence. 
    • Demonstrates understanding of any regulatory frameworks, standards, codes of practice pertaining to own specialism. 
    • Shows understanding of the interests and needs of internal and external stakeholders. 
    • Can be counted on to add value when working with others. 
    • Identifies the key issues and hypotheses, showing sound judgement. 
    • Challenges to improve thinking and ideas, with full respect. 
    • Seeks and respects feedback and input from colleagues.


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