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Programmes Editor (Africa TV)

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

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels. Nearly a third of this audience is in Africa where the BBC is the leading international broadcaster.

BBC operates five production bureaux with nearly 200 reporters and producers in Africa. 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 of a wide range of programmes in English, Swahili and other BBC Africa broadcast languages.

The BBC is also investing in studios with TV and Digital video production capability in Lagos, Nigeria and the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

Our range of programmes will go beyond hard news agenda to cover Health, Technology, Sport, Business, a weekly women discussion programme, news content for children as well as for younger audience, 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

The Africa TV Programmes Editor will lead editorial and technical production teams responsible for Health, Women’s Discussion and Technology programmes in English and other BBC Africa broadcast languages based in Africa.

A key function of the role is to guarantee quality control and provide the most engaging experience for our TV and Digital audiences. The editor will work to the Senior News Editor Commissioning and act as a single point of contact for production of TV programmes in Africa.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have solid editorial experience of broadcast news and the ability to develop, implement, new and innovative approaches to programme structure and content.

The successful candidate will have existing senior output experience in a multilingual and international TV news environment. 

You will have a detailed understanding of the latest techniques and technology for newsgathering and production. An ability to use new technologies to create opportunities to enhance output and improve working practices.

You will be visionary with your plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal.

You will take an active involvement and commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.

Package Description

Grade:               Local grade

Location:            Nairobi

Contract type:    Continuing

Please note that the successful candidate must have the right to work in Nairobi.

About the Company

We do not focus simply on what we do. We also care about 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 will 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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