Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.
The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching millions of audiences across all platforms and Social Media.
As part of the world’s largest broadcaster, the BBC Hausa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital platforms to very large and audiences in West Africa and beyond.
This role will expect you to research, report, write, translate, edit or adapt stories or programme material; to find interesting contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality. You will perform at the microphone with or without a script, conduct interviews, chair discussions and act as a participant in other productions. You’ll be responsible for moving a story forward by suggesting fresh angles, amending and updating material as required and thinking through editorial problems and developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches. This position will need you to liaise closely with other team members and with contributors, reporters and stringers, along with collaborating constructively with colleagues in BBC Africa whether in London, Lagos or abroad, and to advise other parts of the BBC on target area affairs. You will also be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes, respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties, coupled with filing TV reports in Hausa and English.
The Ideal Candidate
This position will need you to have an excellent broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire an appropriate presentation style. You will have the ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media and be able to write for different media platforms in Hausa and English. You’ll have good keyboard/computer skills and technically adept, along with practical experience and extensive knowledge of the internet and an understanding of the potential of digital and social media. This role will require you to have proven recent and relevant experience as a journalist, an outstanding command and up to date knowledge of Hausa language (first or equivalent) and an excellent knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate and write effectively. This role will expect you to have a wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Hausa Service broadcasts and an in-depth understanding of the area’s history, politics, social issues and culture, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing. You will have thorough knowledge and understanding of African news and current affairs and a good knowledge of and interest in international and British current affairs.
Band: Local Recruit
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
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.
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