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Senior Broadcast Journalist, Planning

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

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels.

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.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning) to join the new Tunisia team on a fixed term contract.  You will play a key role in the Arabic Newsgathering planning desk, where you will plan coverage and specific story projects and commission stories from Regional Arabic Correspondents and Stringers as required.

We expect you to support BBC Arabic by exploring and pitching stories to be covered by regional correspondents and stringers in Tunisia and North Africa and preparing and suggesting coverage plans for political, cultural, social and humanitarian events across the region.  You will plan next day or longer term coverage, booking two-ways and packages from correspondents in the field and liaise effectively with correspondents and producers, gathering advice on stories and coverage and providing support to the newsroom.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be fluent in classic Arabic (written and spoken), with an excellent command of English.  You will have substantial experience in a senior journalistic role, with sound knowledge of North African affairs and Arab and international news stories and issues, as well as forthcoming news events.  Knowledge of TV, radio & online production techniques and facilities is essential.  You will have a full understanding of social media and its role in news and the ability to create original and relevant stories for the target audience.

Package Description

Fixed term contract (local terms and conditions apply)

Location: Tunis

The successful candidate must have the right to work in Tunisia to be eligible to apply

Please submit your full application including CV in English. 

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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