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Radio Senior Journalist, Cairo

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Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is a multi-platform service, providing news and information to audiences across the Arab world and beyond on Radio, TV and Online, 24 hours per day. The output is modern in style and outlook and adheres to BBC values of accuracy and impartiality. It requires a number of radio presenters to work on a range of output including news programmes, news bulletins and current affairs programmes.

We are searching for a Senior Journalist who will work to the Assistant Editor supervising a team of Journalists in shaping on-the-day content for BBC Arabic both digitally, and on Radio.

As Senior Journalist, you will work as part of the editorial team who are responsible for carrying out the main editorial, managerial and administrative tasks, to ensure the multi-media output conforms to BBC Editorial Guidelines. You will supervise production work ensuring multimedia output conforms to BBC Editorial Guidelines, is lively and interesting and of relevance to the target area.

You will work to the Arabic Radio Editor and together act as a point of editorial reference, providing editorial leadership as required.

Role Responsibility

As Senior Journalist, you will determine the content and running order of the programme; to supervise individual Journalists and Senior Journalist Reporters in the production of items though to transmission; to assign and brief Senior Journalist Reporters and determine priorities of production and resource staff.

You will plan for interactive content of programmes through phone- ins and relevant websites and maximise engagement with audiences and users. Also, you will ensure that programme content is suitable for digital platforms.

For long-form items, you will be responsible for the making of features which meet high journalistic standards and break new ground with originality and creativity; to manage all resources connected to the programme, including staff and production resources.

You will produce complex lead stories and oversee the work of others, research, write, translate, edit or adapt items, stories or programme material.

Other duties will include:

  • To find contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification.
  • To produce a debate or news special programmes, amending and updating material as required. To think through and take a lead around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches for oneself and others. 
  • To offer ideas for stories and items, programmes and series, take a lead in pre-programme and planning meetings as required. To suggest new angles and formats on existing stories in order to bring them to life for the audience.
  • To undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. After appropriate training, use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To ensure Presenters, Senior Journalist Reporters and other production staff are fully briefed on programme material.

You may also be involved in the training and development of less senior members of staff, including giving effective guidance and feedback. You will make best use of new technologies in delivering our journalism to audiences, and to set an example in learning to operate new systems and adapting to different working methods. You should be able deputise for the Assistant Editors in their absence as required.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you must have extensive experience of live radio journalism and clear understanding of radio digital & interactive journalism. You have a strong interest and knowledge of regional and international news, as well as proven ability to lead and motivate teams of journalists and other staff. Proven experience of making difficult editorial decisions under pressure would be ideally. You have excellent spoken and written Arabic and English.

This role requires willingness to work on a variable rota which operates 7 days per week, 365 days per years. Shifts include early morning starts, late evening finishes and night shifts.

Package Description

Contract type: 12 months Fixed Term Employee/Attachment

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Local Terms & Conditions Apply

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

Please submit your CV and questionnaire in English.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

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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