BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels. As part of an historic and exciting expansion, the BBC World Service has launched four new language services serving audiences in India – Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu – to work alongside two existing services, BBC Hindi and BBC Tamil.
All six Indian language services are based predominantly in the BBC’s Delhi bureau, working closely and collaboratively with all teams in that office and with teams in the BBC’s headquarters in London to deliver the best service for BBC audiences.
All Language Services are multiplatform, with a multimedia website with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity for both desktop and mobile platforms, and a daily TV news programme for the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu service, to be soon joined by the Gujarati service. Each service aims to make international news relevant to an Indian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Indian and global developments.
This position will require you to take day-to-day responsibility to ensure high quality digital output across all six language services as well as English. You will ensure content is accurate and informative whilst striving for creative and imaginative output that is optimised for digital platforms. You will also drive the strategic content growth of these seven services to stand out in the Indian digital media market and our audiences, while ensuring that we maintain the BBC’s high editorial standards and production quality. Working with the Global Content Hub in London, you will help identify content that can be reversioned across languages. You will also provide formal and informal training, advice and feedback especially to new Indian languages services recruits.
The Ideal Candidate
This role will expect you to display strong editorial judgement, based on a strong understanding of BBC journalism. You should have a strong understanding of the Indian digital market including the latest developments and emerging trends in new media. This role will expect you to have excellent command over written English but fluency in at least one of the Indian languages is desirable. You should have strong journalistic experience and a thorough knowledge of digital newsgathering and content production. You will have the proven ability to originate, plan, develop and organise story ideas, have a good understanding of impartiality and journalistic values, and the ability to produce content for diverse and underserved audiences. You’ll also have a high level of interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate stories to other teams, coupled with the capacity to translate complex ideas into engaging broadcast material.
Location: Delhi, India
Grade: Local terms & conditions
Contract: Continuing Contract
Please note that the successful candidate must have the right to work in India. In addition BBC staff based in the UK can also apply as an overseas assignment.
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