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Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning), Indian Languages

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

Job Introduction

You will be working with the Planning and Commissioning Editor (Indian Languages) to deliver the very best journalism to Indian audiences in Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi and Telugu, as well as to the wider BBC English platforms, including the dot.com India facing page.

We are looking for candidates to be dynamic - spotting untold stories, stories with potential for underserved audience, to work with the reporters to see exciting unique opportunities for original journalism.

You will cleverly pair the best story ideas from the reporters and across the department/team with emerging digital formats and storytelling to reach new audiences and engage our users. 

You will be involved in originating ideas, supporting and shaping pitches from reporters, focussing and structuring pieces, script editing, packaging, and compiling impactful digital video, TV, radio and other online content.

Role Responsibility

  • Develop opportunities to achieve high impact and distinctive journalism.
  • Generation of ideas and surfacing ideas from languages for quality multi-platform journalism.
  • Responsible for signing off risk assessments for deployment.
  • Liaise with, and get advice from the Planning and Deployments Editor (World Service) about big and high impact content.
  • Develop appropriate multi-platform skills of reporters and producers and pioneering new ways of working.
  • Use editing software to edit content for platforms.
  • Write content for online and digital platforms using a Content Management System.
  • Work closely with Language Service editors to develop talent, editorial themes and content.
  • Integrate planning and deployments with the services, newsgathering and develop mutually beneficial use of technical, production and on-air talent.
  • Integrate planning and deployments with WS Regions and develop mutually beneficial use of technical, production and on-air talent.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fluent English, plus one other South Asian language is desirable.
  • A track record in editorial innovation and in developing great digital content
  • Proven experience of managing a changing news  agendas and priorities
  • Editorial authority and organisational excellence
  • Knowledge of the India media market and the changing needs of the audience.
  • Knowledge of South Asian and international current affairs.
  • Experience of leading the coverage of major news events
  • Innovative ideas and initiative to contribute to editorial strategies, planning and the development of the programme agenda.
  • Experience of managing teams remotely
  • Managing budgets and observing tight financial targets 
  • The ability to work flexible hours and weekends if necessary

Package Description

Job Title:         Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning), Indian Languages

Contract:         Continuing

Reports to:      Planning Editor, Indian Languages

Base:               New Delhi

Grade:             Local Terms & Conditions

About the Company

We do not focus simply on what we do. We also care about 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 will 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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