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Assistant Editor, Planning & Newsgathering (BBC Arabic)

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.

This job will be based in the BBC Cairo Bureau in Egypt and will be on local [Egyptian] terms and conditions of employment.

Role Responsibility

As the Assistant Editor you will plan and organize the daily and long-term Newsgathering plans from BBC Cairo Bureau in close coordination with the Planning and Newsgathering teams in London, keeping them updated with any major developments in the media scene in Egypt.   You will maximize impact and diversify content including, but not limited to political cultural, social and humanitarian events and developments and put into practice BBC policies on diversity and inclusion.  It will be important to ensure that Arabic content from Egypt appeals to all audiences but in particular ensures our output is enjoyed by our female audiences and young people.  It is the responsibility of the Assistant Editor to, with BBC Equal Opportunities policies in mind, help with recruitment, motivate, train and develop and inspire a diverse team of journalists working in BBC Cairo Bureau.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable and credible experience in broadcast or digital journalism with outstanding Arabic and English language skills. You will have an excellent understanding and working knowledge of digital video techniques and social media broadcasting with independent and balanced editorial judgement.  To be successful you will have a good knowledge of the output of the World Service and its aims and objectives and the programme needs of other parts of the BBC

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


About the BBC

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.

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



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