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Journalist, Africa TV (Swahili)

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

Job Introduction

BBC Africa is a multimedia operation with an extremely varied output focusing on African and global audiences. It offers a unique service which delivers first class content about Africa for Africa and the rest of the world. From covering breaking news, sport, arts, business and features to challenging decision makers and discussing issues which affect the daily lives of Africans, our programmes are delivered across a range of platforms.

BBC Swahili broadcasts on television, radio, mobile and digital on from London as well as Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. We’re looking to recruit a Journalist with first class TV production expertise to join the London based team that makes a daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in East Africa.

Our multi-media output is varied but with a strong emphasis on regional and international news and current affairs. Tight deadlines and news updates are the norm, and the ability to enjoy and thrive in such a fast-paced production environment is a quality we look for in all prospective staff.

Role Responsibility

As a Journalist, you will research, output, report, present, write, edit and adapt stories or programme material for all multimedia platforms, primarily on TV.  You'll perform live on audio or video with or without a script, live or in recording sessions, either as a producer, or as a participant in others' productions.  You'll undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. You'll need to use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.  You'll create, produce, maintain and promote online and multimedia content, including social media and interactive output.

Although the roles focus on TV output, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including; presenting, interviewing, writing for the web, radio and television reporting and developing our interactivity and social media offer.

In addition, Journalists are expected to work closely with other language services in BBC Africa as well as the rest of the BBC, building relationships that will be mutually beneficial and which enable BBC Africa to take a leading role in our overall coverage of Africa.

Shift work will be required which will include public holidays. Occasionally, you may be required to travel abroad on assignment.

The Ideal Candidate

You will need complete comprehension of written and spoken English and Kiswahili as first or equivalent language and the ability to communicate effectively.  You'll need to demonstrate wide and up to date knowledge of East Africa and the wider Africa region and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.  Television or video production experience in a newsroom environment is essential including researching, presenting, packaging and adapting stories or programme material for all multimedia output but primarily TV.  You'll also need substantial recent and relevant full-time experience as a Journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others in Kiswahili and English.  You'll also need recent experience of creating, producing and maintaining online and multimedia content, including social media and interactive output.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Continuing contract

Base: London

Salary: £33,795 - £38,000 per annum inclusive of allowances

Closing Date: 11 December 2018

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

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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


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