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Broadcast Journalist, BBC Great Lakes

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

Job Introduction

A career at the BBC offers you an opportunity to tell stories that can change lives and at BBC Africa it is our ambition to showcase the diversity of ideas and aspirations from across the continent.

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million.  We are looking for a Broadcast Journalist with excellent written and spoken Kirundi and English language to join the team in London; you will also be expected to work remotely with the BBC Great Lakes radio and online teams in the region.

BBC Great Lakes Service is a daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in the Great Lakes and the diaspora operating from London. The service’s focus is to create world-class digital and radio content that makes sense of news and events in the volatile Great Lakes region and the world for our local and global audiences.

Role Responsibility

You will be expected to be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including: presenting, interviewing, preparing and reading news bulletins, writing for the web and radio, and translating.  You will be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes, ensuring the highest quality content is created for our audiences, and making sure all content produced conforms to BBC values and editorial standards.

Shift work will be required which will include public holidays and week-ends.  Occasionally, you may be required to travel abroad on assignments.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need full command of Kirundi and English with excellent knowledge and experience in radio and online production.  You'll need to demonstrate up-to-date and first-hand knowledge of current affairs in Africa including the needs of African audiences and the media market.  A good knowledge of the output of the BBC World Service is essential along with an excellent broadcast voice and relevant experience as a journalist.  Knowledge of French is desirable.

Package Description

Current Grade: 7D

Contract: Continuing

Base: London

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 starting the role.


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