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Broadcast Journalist (Multimedia) Somali TV

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service has introduced a daily Somali TV new programme alongside its Somali radio and digital services.

We are looking for Multimedia Journalists with excellent spoken and written Somali to join the team and work on the TV operation. Training will be given but you need to demonstrate that you are an experienced storyteller/ journalist with creative ideas for TV and Digital and a desire to report the news in a fair and unbiased way for a Somali audience.

All BBC Somali Journalists work across platforms, on a multimedia website with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity and radio and TV services. The Multimedia Journalists will work as part of the editorial/production team in London for BBC Somali and will meet the BBC’s high editorial standards. They will be responsible for the clear and engaging reporting or presentation of the daily TV programme. On a daily basis they will report to a Senior Journalist. Shift work will be required which could include early/late shifts, weekends and public holidays.

Role Responsibility

  • To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt stories or programme material for BBC Somali TV, radio and online audiences.
  • To offer original and creative ideas for multimedia content. To suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
  • To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences.
  • To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story.
  • To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties.
  • After training, to be able to use a range of digital equipment and technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes and content.
  • To ensure that BBC Editorial values and guidelines and all relevant legal and copyright requirements are met, asking for the support of managers in cases of difficulty or doubt.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fluency and up to date knowledge of spoken and written Somali
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and able to communicate effectively.
  • A good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market.
  • Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment.
  • A passion for International news, African and Somali news and current affairs as well as history, social issues, business, arts/culture and sports.
  • Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable

Package Description

Contract: 2 x Continuing 

Salary: Within Grade

Grade 7 

Please note, interviews will take place on 8th January for this role.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk. 

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 very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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