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Senior Broadcast Journalist (Multimedia)

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

Job Introduction

In an exciting new partnership, BBC Africa is working with Kenyan broadcaster KTN to co-produce a lively, weekly current affairs, English language programme for Kenyan audiences.  It will feature an in depth look at strong African stories, look at issues that touch the lives of Kenyan at home and abroad, deliver original storytelling and hard-hitting studio discussions and interviews. All our journalists work across TV, Digital and Social platforms.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a talented Senior Multimedia Broadcast Journalist to work in a new Africa Co-Production Unit and launch news video and TV products for Kenyan audiences and wider African audiences. The successful candidate will need to have excellent knowledge of news in Kenya, Africa, global news and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media news coverage. They will have significant editorial responsibility and will be expected to plan and drive the creative vision and output the weekly TV show and digital content. They must demonstrate strong editorial judgement and solid journalistic skills. They will be able to write creatively, accurately and succinctly, and understand how to find and generate original and engaging news stories that can work across all platforms.  You will be adept at planning and producing video and TV packages, desktop editing, producing graphics, and arranging for guests to appear on our output. The job will require ambition, imagination and a large degree of initiative with the high editorial, journalism and production values expected by the BBC.

  • To compile and output innovative news programmes and content offering new perspectives and deeper exploration to news stories, interviews, profiles and digital content.
  • To be creative and influential in developing BBC Africa’s and our partner’s news agenda and set an example for the producers to follow and to formulate ideas which will inspire audiences.
  • 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 oversee and comply content and ensure it meets BBC and our partner’s guidelines and legal requirements.
  • To deputise for the Co-Production Editor and line manage some members of the team, train and develop the staff.
  • To forge working relationships with BBC News, other news departments within the BBC including all BBC Africa Services and our partner’s news teams.
  • To manage production budgets effectively.
  • 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 News TV features, News bulletins, Online or social.
  • To generate ideas and material that can work across all platforms in order to maximise impact and efficiencies.  To help increase the co-operation between teams and ensure more collaborative future planning.
  • To find and brief contributors for live and edited stories and in some cases interview them for broadcast.
  • Produce a reporter or presenter on location.
  • To watch or listen to news footage and log accurately what is important or useful, in order to tell a story through edited highlights.
  • To develop original ideas for digital content.
  • To be responsible for ensuring safe working practices and the observance of BBC’s Health and Safety Regulations.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Outstanding written and spoken English. Written and spoken Swahili or other local language is desirable.
  • Exceptional knowledge of news, in particular news that appeals to a Kenyan audience and excellent news contacts.
  • Proven skills in creating TV news programmes or visual news content to the highest standards.
  • Strong digital understanding and awareness.
  • Good team working skills both as a team leader and a team player.
  • Proven editorial judgement and the ability to make decisions under tight deadlines.
  • Creativity and ideas generation.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to maintain a high standard of performance whilst under pressure.
  • An awareness of the latest broadcast technology.
  • An awareness of budget issues and delivering value for money.
  • Knowledge of the African media market and the changing needs of the audience.
  • Experience of making sound judgements on matters of editorial sensitivity.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
  • Well-developed communication skills.
  • Strive for diversity of contributors, in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and age.
  • Appreciate and demonstrate the BBC Values.  
  • Resilience, determination, ambition, energy and enthusiasm.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Grade: Local Recruit

Location: Nairobi

Interviews will take place on the 15th and 16th of April 2019

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK/the country that the role is based in.

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. 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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