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Broadcast Journalist, BBC Arabic

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

Job Introduction

BBC Arabic is renowned for broadcasting impartial and accurate news and information. Launched in 1938, we are the largest language service in the BBC World Service. Independent research shows that audiences regard BBC Arabic as the most trusted, impartial and objective international radio news provider in the Arab world, with an established reputation for quality.  We involve viewers and listeners in our output, giving you the chance to debate, comment and engage with others and the BBC. Our output covers Radio, TV and Online to Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and beyond.  This means audiences to the BBC are exposed to the widest range of views and opinion on the big issues of the day.


We are looking to recruit Broadcast Journalists to work in this exciting and demanding live environment in our Cairo Bureau.

Role Responsibility

You’ll be aligned to radio and will produce news, sports, social issues and current affairs content in Arabic that is accurate, impartial and of high quality. On a daily basis, you’ll be writing and researching stories and other programme material in Arabic. As much of our source material will be in English, you’ll also be translating, adapting and editing material into Arabic.

To ensure our stories stay current, you’ll have responsibility for moving stories on, amending and updating material as required, thinking through and around editorial problems and developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches. Offering original ideas for coverage - we welcome input on sports, youth and gender issues - arranging and conducting interviews will also be part of your role, as will undertaking pre and post production work and using online production systems to produce content for BBC

Are you the right candidate?

Your recent, relevant journalistic experience in a news environment will be key to your success in this role as will your ability to work creatively and flexibly. With a genuine passion for explaining the world to our audiences, you’ll have an in depth current knowledge of Middle Eastern and international current affairs. You’ll have Arabic as your first (or equivalent) language and be fluent in English with experience of translating from English into Arabic. An understanding of the growing importance of social media and the benefits and challenges it brings will be an advantage.

As you’ll be working in a multimedia environment, it’s essential that you can write and adapt material with clarity, originality, accuracy and appropriate style for our different output streams. You’ll have a good knowledge of production techniques and be comfortable working in a busy production team. A good knowledge of our output is also required and we need you to be aware of the needs of our audiences.


Package Description

Local terms and conditions

Contract: 12 month attachment

Location: Cairo, 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. 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

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 


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