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Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Pidgin Service

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million weekly across various platforms.

Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

The BBC is looking for a Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across all digital platforms to ensure that the Pidgin Service develops and grows a distinctiveness, character and status in its target area.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Editor, BBC News Pidgin Service; the Senior Broadcast Journalist will work across all digital platforms to ensure that the Pidgin Service develops and grows a distinctiveness, character and status in its target area.  You will be responsible for coming up with creative and innovative ways in storytelling and implementing them, especially for online and social media consumption as well as taking the lead on creative and timely distribution of all digital content.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have fluency and an up to date knowledge of Pidgin with the ability to communicate fluently in English, both written and spoken. You will have a demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience engagement with a good knowledge of online journalism techniques.

As the Senior Broadcast Journalist you will be able to mentor, lead and inspire a team of journalists to bring out the best in them.   A thorough knowledge and understanding of Nigerian, African and international current affairs is important.

Package Description

Continuing (permanent) contract

Local terms and conditions apply

Role based in Lagos

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

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here.


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