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News Editor, BBC Sinhala Service

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is an international brand – known for its news content in English and many other languages.  We are now looking for an Editor to head up our new Sinhala language news team based in Delhi. 

Why come on board with the BBC in Delhi?

  • You will be joining one of the most creative and successful teams in the BBC that produce world-beating, innovative and award-winning news content.
  • Our journalists, producers and technical specialists are from around the world and we have a cast-iron commitment to diversity and equality – both in our portrayal of stories as well as in our workforce.
  • We are a friendly yet highly results-oriented team – once described as the BBC’s “noisiest” professionals by the Director General.
  • We communicate in English because that is the common language that we use and we want everyone to feel at home.
  • We offer great training and career opportunities – connect with any of our colleagues on LinkedIn by searching “BBC Delhi” or “BBC Indian Languages” “Rupa Jha” or “Iain Haddow” to find out more.
  • Our Delhi Bureau is home to one of the largest BBC operations internationally.
  • We serve our audiences on multiple platforms and operate from state of the art facilities.

Read on if you are keen to know more about BBC News Sinhala…

The team produces digital news text and video for publication on site and social media platforms.

This is a brand new opportunity for a senior leader to oversee and develop our Sinhala service, now based in Delhi.  This position will command excellent leadership and communication skills and a first-class understanding of the digital world.

Working from our Delhi bureau, the Sinhala Service Editor will be closely connected with colleagues based across the globe, predominantly working with staff in Sri Lanka, India and the UK.

This role is open to non-Indian citizens.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Senior News Editor for BBC’s Asia Hub, this is a senior editorial role requiring a clear vision on how to take the service forward in Delhi.  You will be tasked with maximising the impact of Sinhala news and current affairs, increasing the viewing time of existing audiences and attracting new ones.  You will provide clear editorial and creative leadership for a team that makes impact through original journalism and creative storytelling. 

You will be expected to run the online news team, coordinate and promote our stories on social media and commission digital video.  You will need experience and knowledge of these areas and know how each area of the digital platforms complement each other.  You will also be responsible for managing a team based in Delhi and Colombo, helping them learn new skills.  We expect you to set ambitious objectives for staff, ensuring they are achieved through regular feedback and discussion.  You will also be responsible for the service’s budget, recruitment, training and staff development.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced senior programme maker with evidence of highly developed journalistic skills and editorial decision-making.  Fluency in Sinhala (written and spoken) and a broadcast-standard level of English is essential.  The role requires resilience; confidence; assured leadership with excellent communication skills; an enthusiasm for collaboration with other services in the BBC and a full commitment to managing and developing a brilliant team of digital journalists.  You must be able to demonstrate a highly developed news and current affairs judgement from extensive experience of broadcast journalism (ideally tv, online and / or digital) in a senior capacity. 

You will have a track record in making major decisions on matters of editorial sensitivity with authority and under pressure.  An understanding of how to maximise audience impact on digital platforms is important.  You will have the ability to manage the finances of complex programme budgets.  A passion for a healthy work culture based on transparency, openness, collaboration, trust and respect is fundamental. 

Package Description

Location: Delhi, India

Contract: continuing - local terms and conditions apply

This vacancy is also open to non-Indian citizens.  Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate having or obtaining the right to work in India

Relocation support will be offered to the successful candidate

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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