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 now looking for excellent Broadcast Journalists with the relevant technical and language skills to join the new Igbo service.
Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.
As a BBC Broadcast Journalist you will work creatively across all digital platforms – audio, video and text – to ensure that the Igbo Service output develops and grows a distinctive character and status in its target area. On a daily basis, you will engage actively with the audience ensuring consistency of output. You will be required occasionally to do some field reporting.
The successful candidate will have some experience within a media environment. Fluent in Igbo and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering creative output on online platforms. Knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential. You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential.
The Ideal Candidate
You will have:
- Fluency and up to date knowledge of Igbo (written and spoken) and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
- Fluency in English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
- Familiarity with video editing and writing for pictures and understanding social media.
- Familiarity with news production systems, and a willingness to learn to operate new technology and to be able to adapt to different working methods.
- Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to a young audience.
- Familiarity with the internet and an awareness of the potential of new technology.
- A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.
- Familiarity with the region to which the Service broadcasts and an understanding of the region’s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.
- A good knowledge of, and interest in, international current affairs, particularly in so far as they affect the target areas.
- A good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style is desirable.
- A willingness to understand and adopt the editorial aims and policies of BBC and to abide by BBC Values.
- Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of BBC World Service and Global News.
Grade: Local Terms & Conditions
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.
About the Company
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