Assistant Editor, Planning & Newsgathering (BBC Arabic)

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is the largest of the BBC’s forty language services providing news, current affairs and programmes on TV, Radio, Digital and Social Media to our Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East, Gulf and across the world 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Our output is contemporary in style and outlook and adheres to BBC Values of accuracy and impartiality.  We aim to have  broad appeal, free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures.

We have an opportunity for an Assistant Editor to join our Planning & Newsgathering team in Cairo.

Role Responsibility

Your role is to support the Editor across the full range of duties/responsibilities including editorial, managerial and financial.  You will supervise, organise and plan wide ranging and special multiplatform coverage, briefing journalists and giving feedback.  You will lead on big stories and coordinate and promote Arabic coverage within and outside the BBC Arabic department.  You will also originate, consider, advise on and commission creative ideas and stories and supervise reporters and producers in order to deliver the best quality journalism across radio, TV and online.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable background in a senior journalistic role, with extensive editorial experience of broadcast news.  Fluency in Arabic and English language is key.  A proven track record in deploying teams and managing deployed teams in the field especially in hostile environments is essential.  You will have the ability to develop and implement new and innovative approaches to programme structure and content.  You will have proven editorial judgement and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly with a detailed understanding of the latest techniques and technology for newsgathering and production.  You will have recent responsibility in quality control and giving feedback on different broadcast content, for example PKGs (TV, RA, On and Digital), Lives, and IVs.

Package Description

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Contract: fixed term for 12 months (local terms and conditions apply)

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Egypt

Please submit your CV and application questions in English

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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