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Journalist Freelance Talent Pool - Korean Service

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

Job Introduction

BBC Korean ( is a radio and online service which provides impartial news for all Koreans, both South and North. Our output delivers stories across a range of topics, including politics, science, technology, health, lifestyle, sport entertainment, culture, international politics and much more.   We are based in New Broadcasting House, London W1, nearest Tube: Oxford Circus.

Role Responsibility

The BBC Korean Service is looking for freelancer for our news programme and English Language Teaching (ELT) production. The job will involve translating, writing news scripts in Korean, recording voice content and audio editing.

Candidates will be given opportunities to shadow our day-to-day production, as part of the selection process.  Shortlisted candidates will also be required to do attend a voice assessment and a Korean/English language assessment as part of the selection process.

The Ideal Candidate

Successful candidate must:

  • be fluent in written and spoken Korean.
  • have previous experience writing for Korean news outlet
  • have a lively broadcast voice.
  • have experience in radio or sound editing would be an advantage
  • have experience in translation work between English and Korean is an advantage

Permission & right to work in the UK is essential.

Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities. We are therefore actively seeking individuals with skills/experience/backgrounds that can help contribute to ensuring we maximise the diversity of our coverage and content.

Package Description

This is being offered as Freelance PAYE opportunities.

Appointment to the talent pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.   However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

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.  

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