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Digital Technical Producer

Job Introduction

Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million across various platforms.

Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.

Three of the new language services, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

We are looking for an excellent Digital Technical Producer who on a daily basis will report to the Igbo Editor and working closely with editorial teams, will provide technical support to produce high quality output across all our digital platforms in all languages.

You will be required to occasionally go on trips to support field reporting teams in Lagos/Nigeria or abroad.

Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

Role Responsibility

The Digital Technical Producer will provide a full range of quality technical services for audio, video and text to help put the best content on air in a busy newsroom working to tight deadlines. You must be familiar with the latest digital production equipment.

Accountable to the Editor, you will be proactive and be required to perform duties in Radio Studios, Workshops, Edit Suites, and on Computers, as well as on Outside Broadcasts.

You will have an excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs. You will have recent experience of living in Nigeria including understanding its complexities. Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential.

The Ideal Candidate

The ability to operate technical equipment to meet the artistic, technical and safety requirements for delivering audio, video and text publishing. This includes operating studios, computer equipment, recording and editing systems.

Fluency and up to date knowledge of Igbo and the ability to type quickly and accurately.

To support editorial teams in resolving technical problems when they arise.

Recording, ingesting, editing, reproducing and dubbing material, including replay as required by the production staff both in the studio and on the field.

To ensure all output publishes correctly, in a timely manner across all platforms for all languages.

To operate and programme all types of audio and video equipment.

Install, upgrade and maintain software packages, hardware and production equipment, under instruction from IT staff.

To take responsibility for the safety of equipment, maintenance schedules, and restocking of hardware or consumables.

To undertake all duties and activities in accordance with current BBC Safety Policy.

To build a strong relationship with technical departments in London, and the region.

To keep up to date with the newest developments and practices.

To maintain excellent communication with colleagues in London and in the region, and ensure the free flow of information and material. To promote an atmosphere of collaboration and respect at all times with colleagues.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions Apply

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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