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Freelance Multimedia Broadcast Journalist Pool

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

Job Introduction

The BBC has been broadcasting for many decades to Afghanistan and the surrounding region in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English languages. As a result we have built a very strong brand in the region. Our latest research figures show that 56% of adults in Afghanistan have listened to our radio output. This consists of 24 hours a day of news and current affairs programming. Output also includes news bulletins, features and analysis, interactive programmes and Drama and Educational output commissioned by the Afghan Service in conjunction with the BBC Media Action.

Role Responsibility

You’ll work as part of our busy multi-platform journalistic team, reporting to the Senior Producer / Desk Editor, as appropriate. Broadly speaking, you’ll originate research, prepare, produce and present a range of our output. You’ll be writing, translating and adapting material swiftly and accurately into Dari or Pashto style suited to TV, radio and online journalism.

You will be required to work with all programme teams on a multi-media basis. Therefore, you’ll need the ability to work flexibly across a range of skills.

You will be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes.  To brief the Studio Manager, where relevant, and other colleagues in respect of the transmission or recording of any programmes for which the Broadcast Journalist is responsible

The Ideal Candidate

You will be fluent in Pashto and English or Dari and English, meeting fluency in writing, reading and speaking. You will have substantial recent experience as a journalist, where you have been involved in online or print journalism, with a track record of covering current affairs relevant to our target area. The successful candidate will be able to write and broadcast in an engaging manner, showing capability to accurately translate for varying audiences and media platforms. You’ll demonstrate good awareness of the area’s media market, social, political and cultural issues and the needs of our listeners.  It is essential you also bring good keyboard/computer skills. A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement is preferred.

Package Description

These are freelance opportunities.  We are currently seeking freelance/casual Broadcast Journalists based in the UK who are interested in working with our team in London on an ad-hoc basis

Base:  London Broadcasting House

Appointment to the pool will not entitle candidates to staff contracts in the BBC, these will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

About the Company

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.

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