About Jon Jacob

Me in a Nutshell

I’m a writer, digital producer and award-winning BBC editor with over 15 years experience in the media industry, plus on-air tech-reporting and extensive multimedia production experience. I currently work as a freelance journalist, and accredited executive coach.

Digital Content Strategy in BBC Communications

My most recent role was part of the BBC’s Communications and Public Affairs department.

I edited the BBC’s About the BBC Blog and corporate website with responsibility for delivering the corporation’s Annual Report online. I managed a team of producers, oversaw the online publication of the BBC’s quarterly expenses and ran the organisation’s corporate Twitter account.

In 2014 I began practising as an executive coach on the BBC’s accredited coaching network.

In 2014 and 2015 I ran the Live Blog during transmission of the BBC’s first Eurovision pop-up radio station, Radio 2 Eurovision, and supported the 2015 Radio 2 Country pop-up radio station online.

Journalism

Since 2002, I’ve worked as a freelance journalist, writing for magazines including Limelight, Refresh and South London Press. I’ve also reported for BBC Radio Five Live, and appeared on LBC and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Classical Music

After studying music at University, I worked in orchestral management with the English Symphony Orchestra (under conductor William Boughton) and ran the Britten-Pears Orchestra at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk.

Classical music remains important to me. I’ve produced multimedia content for the BBC Proms website, in addition to writing a blog every year about the world-renowned classical music festival.

In June 2015 I was invited to attend the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, providing coverage on this blog and a written article for Limelight Magazine in Australia. I returned in 2016 to write an article for Bachtrack, and will be visiting Verbier again later this year.

Digital

After five years in arts administration, I switched career paths to IT support, eventually working at the Financial Times in London. Here, I acquired an in-depth knowledge of networks, messaging systems, firewall security and, significantly, website design and coding. I became a Cisco qualified engineer in 2004.

Since 2005, I’ve supported, produced and edited websites for the BBC covering a range of subject areas including entertainment, radio and corporate communications. For the past 18 months I’ve produced many of the graphics used for key external messaging as part of the BBC’s charter renewal campaign.

I’ve worked online for BBC Entertainment, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, UKTV, BBC Studios and Post-Production, and BBC Communications and Public Affairs where I’m currently based.

Eurovision and the European Broadcasting Union

A desire to write prompted a research project into the history of the European Broadcasting Union and its most well-known production, the Eurovision Song Contest. The story of that research and what I learnt forms the basis of my book, Popping Corn.

I blog about the Eurovision Song Contest on Thoroughly Good and also write articles for ESC Insight.

Executive & Leadership Coaching

In 2015 I completed an executive coaching training course run by the BBC Academy and accredited by the Association of Coaching. Since then I’ve gone on to coach senior managers across the organisation, providing tailored coaching programmes focusing on , executive and leadership coaching, career development and transition. I am also a trained supervisor.

Employment History

Dec 2011 – July 2017                  Digital Editor, About the BBC Website & Blog

– Commission, write and produce content for the BBC’s corporate PR blog and website
– Publish quarterly expenses online and the BBC’s Annual Report website
– Run @AbouttheBBC – increased followers from 2,000 to nearly 30K in 4 years
– Qualified as BBC executive coach (2014), coaching senior managers across BBC
– Trained in advanced video filming & audio editing
– Produce high-impact graphics and animation for social channels
– Quadrupled traffic to the About the BBC Blog over 2 years

May 2014 – Present                  Digital Content Producer, Radio 2 Eurovision, Country and BBC Four

– Digital content support for Radio 2’s pop-up radio stations in Austria (2015) and London (2014)
– Photography and live-tweeting for BBC Four (2016)
– Contributor providing Eurovision 2015 coverage for BBC Local Radio

Oct 2008 – Dec 2011                Website Manager, BBC College of Journalism                                           

– Designed, built and delivered the BBC’s online training resource for journalists
– Migrated archive content produced by BBC journalists
– Co-commissioned additional content and blog posts
– Worked with external design and coding resource Illumina Digital
– Worked with wider team of digital producers, using Movable Type
– Produced multimedia content: self-Shooting and editing multimedia producer
– BBC Radio 5 Live reporter at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.

Apr 2008 – Oct 2008                 Content Producer, BBC Multiplatform

Online production management of BBC entertainment and learning websites including Eurovision, Who Do You Think You Are, Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show.


Oct 2007 – Apr 2008
                 Technical Project Manager, BBC Multiplatform

Project-managed the delivery of websites supporting popular TV programmes including Any Dream Will Do, Eurovision and Strictly Come Dancing, plus a number of CBBC online and gaming projects. Delivered the first BBC immersive community gaming experience for children – Adventure Rock.

July 2005 – Sept 2007               Webmaster, BBC Broadcast, London              

Provided 24×7 technical, editorial and administrative support for the BBC website. Delivered bespoke website projects for UK Television, Channel 4 and BBC Resources, including newsletters, e-postcards and a dedicated UKTV World Cup website.

June 2004 – July 2005               Senior Network Analyst, Royal London Asset Management

Desktop and server side support. Configured remote access for satellite offices, administered firewall.


October 1998 – June 2004        Senior Network Analyst, Financial Times Interactive Data

Configured, installed and supported infrastructure hardware including Cisco routers, Alteon and Extreme switch networks, international satellite feeds and corporate email.

 

Skills

Web production – hand coding HTML, Perl scripting, FTP, WordPress + BBC iSite & iBroadcast
Multimedia production – Final Cut, Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, Photoshop CC, After Effects
Digital – social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), blogging (BBC & Thoroughly Good)
Graphic Design – City Lit Training + 18 months producing corporate PR messaging for BBC
Radio – on-air: two-ways (Radio 3, 5 Live, LBC), radio package-making

Education

Supervision Training for BBC Coaching Network (2016)
Coach Foundation Course, BBC (2014) plus ongoing Coaching Professional Development
BA Honours (2.1) from Lancaster University in History and Music (1994)
A-Levels (3 – History, Music and English Literature) and 10 GCSEs, Culford School, Suffolk