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Reporter-Senior Journalist (Gulf), BBC Arabic

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is the largest of the BBC’s forty language services, providing accurate and impartial news, current affairs and programmes on TV, Digital, Social Media and Radio to our Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and across the world, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

We’re changing.  We want our output to be more contemporary in style with an outlook which adheres to BBC values.

Whilst we aim to have a broad appeal and to be free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures, we are keen to grow our younger and female audiences to ensure our output reflects the lives and aspirations of all our audiences.

We are looking for a Reporter-Senior Journalist with experience of reporting in the Gulf to join our friendly team based in Beirut. This is a continuing contract on local terms and conditions.

Role Responsibility

Based in Lebanon your role as Reporter-Senior Journalist is to provide timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs events in the Gulf for TV, digital, social media and radio, in Arabic and English.  You may also be asked to report on the Middle East and other parts of the world and may be deployed outside Lebanon and the Gulf as required. 

You will have an excellent network of contacts and access to news-makers and be able to supply interesting and compelling material for broadcast and digital distribution in classical Arabic and fluent broadcast-standard English. 

We look to you to report in an engaging and thought-provoking manner which appeals to our target audiences covering not just the day to day political changes but developments in technology, health, business, arts, human interest and sports. 

You will be deployed to often hostile locations at short notice and must be prepared to report on breaking news.

The Ideal Candidate

Our successful candidate will be a fluent Arabic speaker and writer, with a strong journalistic and reporting background.  An excellent command of English is essential. 

Experience of live and recorded location reporting, co-presenting and studio treatments such as presenting graphic sequences and on-set explainers and acting as a "presenter’s friend" for analysis and updates is important. 

You must have a thorough knowledge of Gulf affairs together with an understanding of the Arab world and international affairs.  You will have a strong broadcasting voice and a track record of accuracy and impartiality.  Experience of reporting in the field on issues in the Gulf is important. 

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from the Gulf region.

BBC World Service is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity among our employees and developing a positive culture where everyone can develop their full potential across BBC divisions. We welcome and encourage applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, as staff from this specific group are currently under-represented.

Package Description

Continuing contract

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Please submit your application and CV in English

Previous applicants need not apply

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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