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Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning), Arabic Newsgathering

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is the largest BBC language service, providing news, current affairs and programmes on Radio, TV and Online to Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and across the world, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  The output is modern in style and outlook and adheres to BBC values of accuracy and impartiality.  It has broad appeal, free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures.

We are looking for a Senior Broadcast Journalist to join the team in London on a continuing contract.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Planning Editor, your role is to plan coverage and specific story projects and commission stories from Arabic Reporters and Stringers as required.  You will assist the Arabic Newsgathering, Planning and Assignment Editors in planning next day or longer term coverage, booking two-ways and packages from Reporters in the field and a range of related tasks.  You will also work closely with Reporters and Producers, gathering advice on stories and coverage and providing support to the newsroom.  You will be involved in planning special events and commissioning news and feature stories.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be a fluent Arabic speaker and writer, with an excellent command of English.  You will have substantial experience as a journalist in a senior role with a full understanding of the editorial aims of BBC News output.  Experience of planning is essential.  Strong knowledge of Arabic and international news stories and issues, as well as forthcoming news events especially in the Gulf region and Iran is important.  You will have sound knowledge of social media platforms and its role in news. 

Package Description

Grade 89

Continuing contract

Location: London

Job share and part-time working applications are welcome for this role.  Please include details of the proposed arrangement in your application.

The maximum salary for this role is £55,000 inclusive of allowances

The closing date is Tuesday 17 October at 23:59 hrs BST

Please submit your application and CV in English.

Previous applications should not reapply.

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. 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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