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Journalist, Planning & Newsgathering (BBC Arabic), Cairo

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is the largest BBC language service, providing news, current affairs and programmes on Radio, TV and Online to Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and across the world, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The output is modern in style and outlook and adheres to BBC values of accuracy and impartiality. It has broad appeal, free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures, research and plan deployments including preparing risk assessments, sharing editorial guidance, fixing logistics and overall budgeting

We are recruiting a journalist with planning experience to join our team in Cairo.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Newsgathering & Planning Editor, your role is to help plan news coverage and specific story projects in the newsroom.  You will assist in the commissioning of stories from Arabic Correspondents and stringers. You will be required to plan next day events and upcoming news stories.  Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to work flexibly (including weekends). You may also be deployed at short notice, including hostile environments.

**Please refer to the Job Description for more information.**

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced journalist, with a demonstrable background in planning and television journalism. You will be a fluent modern standard Arabic speaker and writer, with a good command of English. You must have an excellent knowledge of Arabic and international news and current affairs, together with a good understanding of BBC Arabic output and audiences. A broad understanding of production techniques across various platforms is important. It is essential that you have experience of planning next day and longer term news coverage with teams overseas. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of planning overseas deployments, both editorially and logistically. You have proven creative ability to identify, discuss and promote human interest stories that work on TV, Radio, online and digital Platforms.

Package Description

Band: C 
Contract type: 12 Months Fixed Term Contract / Attachment
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Local Terms & Conditions Apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Egypt.

Please submit your CV and questionnaire in English.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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


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