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Bilingual Reporter, Korean Service

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Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 426 million globally. BBC News Korean is one of the16 services of the Asia Region, broadcasting on radio and with an online and social media presence.

Role Responsibility

As Reporter for the Korean Service, you will report in both Korean and English on news stories and events in a manner which is timely, authoritative, lively and interesting, and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.

You will provide expert advice on Korean affairs to the wider BBC News teams as and when required and leading in reporting on international reactions to the news events in Indonesia for TV, radio, online and social media outputs.At times you will assist senior colleagues in BBC News Korean in forward planning, commissioning and deployments to produce creative and innovative content across digital and radio platforms and TV. You will collaborate with relevant colleagues from Languages, News Online, World News and Newsgathering in Singapore, Delhi and elsewhere in Asia Region to maximize content sharing opportunities.

The role is based in South Korea and you’ll be required to work flexibly and travel at short notice for reporting assignments across South Korea and East Asia.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be fluent in both languages to broadcast standard and will have skills in digital, TV and radio. You should feel at home fronting a live on social media, writing text for and or pioneering other story-telling formats.

As Reporter, you will be familiar with online and video and reporting tools and techniques to reach new audiences on digital platforms. It will be important that you have experience maintaining and promoting best practice in safety and high risk management in a region prone to natural disasters, terrorism and other emergencies.

Package Description

Band: Local Recruit
Contract type: 12 month fixed term contract
Location:Seoul Bureau, South Korea

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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