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Deputy Managing Editor, Indian Languages - Delhi

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. As part of an historic and exciting expansion, the BBC World Service is introducing four new language services serving audiences in India – Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu – to work alongside two existing services, BBC Hindi and BBC Tamil.

All six Indian language services will be based predominantly in the BBC’s Delhi bureau, working closely and collaboratively with all teams in that office and with teams in the BBC’s headquarters in London to deliver the best service for BBC audiences.

All Language Services are multiplatform, with a multimedia website with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity for both desktop and mobile platforms, and a daily TV news programmes for the Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu services. Each service aims to make international news relevant to an Indian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Indian and global developments.

Role Responsibility

This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious individual to become the Deputy Managing Editor for the Indian Language Services in Delhi for a 6 month period.

Responsibilities will primarily include contributing to the wider strategic, editorial and management issues affecting the department, developing plans and strategies and ensuring integration with wider BBC News and BBC initiatives where necessary, reviewing structures and ways of working to ensure the department is working in as efficient way as possible and fundamentally support Editors in managing their teams, editorial offers, controlling headcount, dealing with difficult personal cases, promoting and supporting ideas on news ways of working etc.

In addition, you will support the head of Indian Language services in objective setting and PDR processes.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have an experienced and long standing background in working on various platforms,  an excellent editorial track record, extensive experience in managing teams, experience of identifying and retaining talent where needed and must be excellent communicator. You must have proven ability to formulate strategy and to design and implement policy initiatives to meet strategic objectives Evidence of having consistently met strategic objectives.

Package Description

Grade: 10 / local terms and conditions

Contract: Attachment - International Assignment / Fixed term contract for 6 months

Location: Delhi

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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