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Senior Journalist (Social Media), BBC Urdu Service

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

Job Introduction

BBC Urdu provides news and current affairs to Urdu speaking audiences through broadcast and digital media on radio, TV, social and mobile platforms. In line with World Service Group innovation objectives of reaching new audiences, BBC Urdu is expanding its digital platform.

The media market in Pakistan and the rest of the region has become increasingly sophisticated and competitive over the last decade. Combined with a predominantly young generation, the emerging environment has led to modern news consumption habits that present a challenge to the BBC to retain its highly respected and dependable market position.

We are now looking for a highly experienced and digital minded Journalist to join the Islamabad team.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate will be responsible for producing and publishing all social media output, digital content and videos to serve our Urdu audiences. You will collaborate with other editors to create and deliver on a social media strategy that increases traffic for Urdu’s digital and social platforms.

Connecting with underserved audiences is important for BBC Urdu, the successful candidate will seek ways to reach female and younger audiences and will implement plans to improve engagement.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a proven record of leading a social media and digital team, ideally in Urdu, and experience in a multimedia journalism role. You will have the ability to edit and repackage video using systems such as Jupiter and FCP, with a deep understanding of digital platforms and how they can be used to improve our audience reach on social media.

It is essential that applicants are fluent in Urdu and English, both written and spoken with a knowledge of Pakistan and South Asian affairs. 

Package Description

Continuing (Permanent) contract

Role based in Islamabad

Local terms and conditions apply

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

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.

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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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


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