Broadcast Journalist (Impact) – BBC Africa Planning , London

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Job Introduction

The Broadcast Journalist (Impact) – BBC Africa Planning role sits within the central Africa Planning team in London and works primarily with output based in New Broadcasting House and in the main African bureaus.

We are looking for a creative and motivated Broadcast Journalist (Impact) to work in the planning team in London for three months.

As Journalist you will assist the Africa Planning Editor to deliver and promote the very best journalism to African audiences in English and the other African Service languages as well as to the wider BBC for English speaking audiences across all platforms.

**This role is open to UK-based candidates only.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with planning teams in London, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Dakar and Lagos as well as Central Services in London to ensure that stories are developed and shared, and that the profile of Africa correspondents is raised in relation to both original features and breaking news.

Some of your main responsibilities will include:

  • Putting forward and developing original ideas and treatments for stories to achieve high impact journalism across all Africa Service language platforms and the wider BBC. 
  • Maintaining a close working relationship Africa Planning Editor and the World Service Planning Editor as well as other output editors in London and key parts of the Central Services teams, and to maintain clear and regular communication with them in order to promote original features and correspondents.
  • Ensuring the commissioning of new innovative digital content which is shareable across African languages and the rest of the BBC World Service. 
  • Briefing and providing information to reporters, producers and editorial teams on stories, contributors and events.
  • Managing and inputting information in the Wolftech diary system.
  • Working with the Planning Producers of the African services, together with the Deployments Editors in Africa and BBC Newsgathering on coverage of stories and editorial themes for all of BBC News.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need to have excellent knowledge of News and Current Affairs in Africa, and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in multiplatform coverage as well as a real nose for original, creative journalism. You have evidence of impact planning in a previous role, and a strong knowledge of African news and current affairs and content relevant to an African audience. Experience required of planning for TV/radio and digital news content and understanding what elements are required to produce fair and balanced output. You have the ability to write content for TV, online and digital platforms using a Content Management System. Fluency in a language other than English that BBC Africa broadcasts in would be advantageous.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 6 Months Fixed Term Contract / Attachment
Location: London

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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