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Correspondent, BBC Kyrgyz Service

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

Job Introduction

BBC Kyrgyz is a multi-platform service, providing news and information to audiences on TV, Radio and Online five days per week. Working under the supervision of the Bishkek Editor and Senior Producers, Correspondents will be working for TV, Radio & Online to produce accurate, informed and interesting news and programming to the highest possible standards.

The role demands energy, creativity and flexibility, as well as a genuine passion for explaining Kyrgyzstan affairs and the world to our audiences.

Role Responsibility

Based in Bishkek, you will join the team to work on news, current affairs, social programmes, investigative stories, features, technology and sports, working in a team of journalists and reporting to the Senior Producer/Editor as appropriate.

You'll originate, research, prepare, produce and at times present items, packages, interviews, discussions, complete programmes, background, analysis and features for TV, Radio and Online.

Shift work is required which would include weekends and public holidays.

The Ideal Candidate

You'll need recent and relevant experience as a journalist in broadcasting, online or print media in a current affairs capacity and relevant to the target area.  A full command and up to date knowledge of Kyrgyz is essential along with the ability to communicate effectively in English.  You'll need a good broadcasting voice and ability to write in an engaging and informative style, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style, appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.  You'll also need wide and up-to-date familiarity with the target area (Kyrgyzstan, other Central Asia and FSU countries) and an in-depth understanding of the history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience in the area.

Package Description

Contract: 2 x 6 month fixed term contracts to cover maternity leave (local terms and conditions)

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kyrgyzstan.


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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