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Multi-Media Broadcast Journalist, BBC Somali Service

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

Job Introduction

The BBC Somali Service is the pre-eminent international broadcaster in the Somali language with journalists and reporters based in London, Kenya, Somalia and the US. Broadcasting since 1957 the service now offers the most trusted Somali news service on radio, online (, mobile, social media and TV to our audiences in the Horn of Africa and across the diaspora.  Our aim is to develop and deliver a service strategy which ensures we maximise our editorial impact in Africa and beyond.

Role Responsibility

You will be expected to research, present, write, edit and adapt original stories or programme material for all Multimedia output. Finding contributors, interviewees and other sources of material will be a large part of your role. You will be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems and offering ideas for items, programmes/series and actively contributing to the editorial planning process. The position will expect you to conduct interviews either in the studio or on location as well as performing live on audio or video with or without a script, live or in recording sessions.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have complete comprehension of written and spoken English and Somali. You will bring a proven track record of producing material for radio, TV and online. You’ll have substantial, recent and relevant full-time experience as a journalist. You will also have the ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and the style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.

This position requires a solid current knowledge of African news and current affairs and an understanding of audience needs across the continent. You will be experienced with reporting, in the field, on African political, economic, sport and social issues. You’ll be able to demonstrate a good range of contacts for interview purposes. 

Package Description

Contract: 12 month fixed term contract (local terms and conditions)

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 very 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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