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Media Manager (Broadcast Video Intake & Archiving) - Nairobi

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching new TV programmes and innovative digital content alongside its existing African news output.

BBC operates five production bureaux with nearly 200 reporters and producers in Africa and the UK. This number is set to double as BBC World Service is introducing more language services and making significant investment in its TV and digital production.

A substantial volume of production will take place in London and Nairobi, where the BBC is developing modern multimedia facilities for live programming and production in English, Swahili and other BBC Africa broadcast languages. The BBC is also investing in studios with TV and Digital video production capability in Nigeria and Senegal.

Our range of programmes will go beyond the hard news agenda to cover Health, Technology, Sport, Business, a weekly women’s discussion programme, news content for children as well as for younger audiences, News Quiz and a weekly news review programme. We will also produce satirical and ‘infotainment’ programming that covers the news from an irreverent alternative perspective.

This role will work closely and collaboratively with all teams in Africa and at the BBC’s headquarters in London to deliver the best service for BBC audiences.

Role Responsibility

As the Media Manager  your role will be to select, record and store video and digital material produced by BBC staff in the field and in the studio as well as from external news agencies.  In this role you will operate a variety of broadcast equipment and will apply technical quality assurance measures to facilitate access to a wide range of video, audio and file-based content.

You will often be working to tight deadlines, and will assist the news teams with requests for current and archive material, also cataloguing local output onto the BBC’s servers.  

Full details of duties are in the job description.

The Ideal Candidate

As well as the essential knowledge, skills and experience stipulated in the job description you will come with a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with broadcast video material in a media environment.  Excellent cataloguing skills through substantial previous experience of working in a media library is key to this role as well as substantial experience of using electronic library systems and metadata-gathering.   You will have experience of working with different media formats, aspect ratio, sound levels and broadcast/information technologies as well as experience of working with some of the digital formats that are utilised over a range of broadcast platforms. Knowledge of computer operating systems, media applications, file formats and transcoding technology is essential.

A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively. Ability to speak and write Swahili is desirable.

Package Description

Job Title:          Media Manager (Broadcast Video Intake & Archiving)

Location:         Nairobi, Kenya

Reports to:      Africa TV Programmes Editor

Contract:         Continuing

Please note the interviews are likely to take place on Monday 29 January and we are looking for the successful candidate to start no later than 5 March 2018.

You MUST have the right to work in Kenya before submitting your application

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background


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