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Senior Journalist, Arabic Planning

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic provides 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.  BBC Arabic reaches a weekly audience of approximately 44 million across platforms and provides one quarter of output across the entire World Service. An innovative and forward thinking department which not only caters for MENA region but also has solid partnerships across the BBC and with external organisations.

Role Responsibility

  • Be prepared to be deployed to cover stories from the field at home and overseas in potentially hostile environments
  • Researching and planning deployments including preparing risk assessments, sharing editorial guidance, fixing logistics and overall budgeting.
  • Offering ideas for innovative digital content, attending editorial and planning meetings as required.
  • To suggest new angles and formats on existing stories in order to bring them to life for the audience.
  • To liaise closely with various teams and with contributors, shoot edits and stringers and  when commissioning material from external sources.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful Senior Journalist will have thorough understanding of the editorial aims of BBC News output and must be able to exercise sound editorial judgement. You will have strong knowledge of Arabic and international news stories and issues, as well as forthcoming news events especially in North Africa and the Gulf. You will be fluent in Arabic and English. You will also have good Knowledge of TV, radio, digital media & online production techniques and facilities. A good understanding of social media and its role in news is essential.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

Salary: £36,195 - £56,474

Closing Date: 13/05/2020

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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

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.

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. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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


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