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Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning)

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

Job Introduction

Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.

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.

Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.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.

We are now looking for a first class Planning Senior Broadcast Journalist with strong digital journalism, language and team management skills to lead our planning team.

Role Responsibility

  • To work closely with Editors of BBC Pidgin, BBC Igbo and BBC Yoruba – as well as Editors across West Africa - to plan output and to ensure maximum collaboration and sharing of material.
  • To organise and deploy reporters and producers/presenters to ensure the best possible coverage of stories across all BBC platforms in the region, particularly Pidgin, Igbo and Yoruba. They should ensure reporters provide daily news coverage and generate strong exclusive, exciting stories that work on digital and social media platforms.
  • To look beyond the daily news agenda to commission rich, varied and original material across all platforms.
  • To maintain a daily/weekly/monthly diary of important news and other non-news events in the target area and to plan ahead for proper coverage/deployment.
  • To motivate teams to come up with original content ideas as well as creative digital treatments.
  • To keep abreast of evolving (news) stories and emerging trends and brief other editors.
  • To work closely with Language Service editors in the region to ensure BBC Africa news output maintains a balance between global and regional coverage.
  • To help identify first rate multilingual journalists who can contribute across BBC platforms.
  • To help develop and promote new working practices to meet the needs of a fast-changing market.
  • To plan and ensure availability and the most efficient use of resources.
  • To work with Head of West Africa and service editors to ensure the safety of all teams during deployments.
  • To oversee and develop contacts lists for reporters, contributors and regional experts and to ensure they are up to date.

The Ideal Candidate

  • First rate editorial judgement; excellent understanding of Nigerian and African affairs, as well as global stories. A strong interest in trending stories is essential
  • A thorough and up-to-date knowledge of Nigeria and West Africa.
  • Recent experience as a senior journalist, preferably in a digital media environment. Experience of field reporting is an advantage.
  • A full command of English and at least one additional language from among Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo.
  • Familiarity with digital news and social media (including the market, technologies and content) and how to exploit them to maximum benefit.
  • Ability to write, with clarity and style, appropriate to different audiences and platforms.
  • Ability to anticipate changes in the market and to plan and guide the BBC’s output accordingly.
  • Experience of supervising staff and ability to assist in training and development.
  • PC literacy, keyboard skills and sufficient technical ability to operate appropriate equipment and software.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions 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 very 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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