BSL Sign Language Translator/Interpreter

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Job Introduction

BBC News NI has a unique opportunity for a British Sign Language (BSL) Translator/Interpreter to support its flagship programme BBC Newsline.  

As part of our lunchtime broadcast we provide a signed summary of the news and are now seeking to recruit an experienced BSL Sign Language Translator/Interpreter to work with the lunchtime team to translate and present this bulletin. 

This is a freelance position and currently our signers work aprx 1-2 hours a day on an ad hoc basis.

Role Responsibility

  • Translating and presenting a signed news summary which has been scripted by the News Team.
  • Adapt to changes that occur during live transmissions, as directed by off air colleagues.
  • Broadcast in a manner which is timely, assured and engaging.
  • Work closely and take direction from the News Producer on the day. 
  • Solely responsible for the translation of the day’s news summary
  • Translating a written script under tight time constraints  with accuracy and speed
  • Work confidently in a live on air news environment

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will ideally have a qualification in BSL Translation or have a very high standard of English and BSL. 

Professional experience in sign language translation is desirable.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to translate news items with accuracy and speed under pressure.

You must be able to adapt quickly to a changing news agenda.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of news and current affairs relating to Northern Ireland, the wider UK and the Republic of Ireland.   


Package Description

Contract type: Freelance aprx 1-2 hours on an ad hoc basis. 
Location: Belfast 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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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