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Reporter, Health

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 a historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching new Business daily and weekly TV programme and innovative digital content alongside existing African business output.

We are looking for a Reporter with excellent spoken English to work in a new Africa Health Unit and launch new health and lifestyle video and TV products for African audiences.  

All BBC Africa Health Journalists work across platforms on Television, and digital video production. They will also work across multimedia websites with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity and radio services.  The Reporter will plan and produce packages for TV and video as well as arrange for guests to appear on our output.

Role Responsibility

  • To compile and present engaging content offering new perspectives and deeper exploration of Health stories, interviews, profiles and digital content.
  • To plan, structure, write and produce content for use on TV, Digital and Radio and to develop treatments of the highest quality and with journalism at the heart.
  • To pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.
  • To work closely with the BBC Africa teams in London, Dakar, Nairobi and other locations. To have a good working relationship with Health departments within the BBC, all BBC Africa Services, external organisations and independent production companies.
  • To prepare edited material either working in a self-op environment or with a craft editor to produce inserts and packages for the various outlets such as Health TV features, News bulletins, Online or social.
  • To find and brief contributors for live and edited stories and interview them for broadcast.
  • To develop original ideas for digital content and create engaging blogs and vlogs for BBC online sites.
  • To alert Editors to breaking news and be ready to file accurate, immediate on-the-spot reports.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be fluent in written and spoken English.  An ability to communicate effectively in a Nigerian language would be advantageous.  You will have a strong journalistic background with evidence of working in a reporting role.  A good broadcasting voice is essential.  Experience of reporting on regional, political and economic issues is important and you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of contacts for interview purposes.  You will have a good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market, a proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment.  It is essential that you have exceptional knowledge of health and lifestyle, in particular stories that appeal to an African audience and excellent contacts.

Package Description

Continuing contract - local terms and conditions apply

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria

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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