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Journalist (Presenter), BBC Arabic Xtra

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is the largest language service of the BBC, providing news and current affairs on Radio, TV, Digital and Social Media to our Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and beyond.  Our service is a multi-media newsgathering operation for daily, weekly and long-term planning.

BBC Xtra is our flagship news magazine pan-Arab program on BBC Arabic Radio.  In trend-setting and contemporary style, Xtra has developed an excellent reputation for creativity and delivering hard hitting social affairs stories as well as the latest news and views from the worlds of arts, culture, science, technology and more.

We are now looking for a journalist with presenting skills to join our Cairo based team on a fixed term contract for 12 months.

Role Responsibility

You will be a regular voice on BBC Xtra and will participate in all aspects of the whole program, from presenting to producing.  As presenter, you will present the programme, live or recorded.  As producer, you will work on the running order and produce the live show from the studio.  From time to time you may report and interview from the field.   

BBC Xtra is broadcast over 90 minutes every weekday with a special two hour edition every Saturday.  On a day to day basis you will present, conduct interviews, chair discussions, offer story ideas and prepare packages which inform, educate and entertain our Arabic speaking audiences in an interactive style which has proved very popular with our listeners around the Arab world.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced broadcast journalist with a proven track record in presenting, producing and reporting.  You will have experience of originating and developing creative and thought-provoking program ideas and you will have excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement.  Fluency in Arabic (written and spoken) is essential.  An excellent command of English language is also important.  You will have practical experience of using social media and have sound knowledge of digital journalism.

You can learn more about this brilliant opportunity by reading the full job description which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Package Description

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Contract: fixed term for 12 months (local terms and conditions apply)

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

Please submit your CV and application questionnaire answers in English

As part of the application process we will ask you to provide links to your presenting work

Applications which do not provide links will not be considered

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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