Journalist, BBC Afrique

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

Job Introduction

BBC Africa is a multimedia operation with an extremely varied output focusing on African and Global audiences. It offers a unique service which delivers first class content about Africa for Africa and for the rest of the world. From covering breaking news, sport, arts, business and features to challenging decision makers and discussing issues which affect the daily lives of Africans, our programmes are delivered across a range of platforms.

BBC Afrique broadcasts on television, radio, mobile and digital on from London and its Dakar Bureau. We’re looking to recruit Broadcast Journalists with first class TV production expertise to join the London – based team that makes a daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in Francophone Africa.

Our multi-media output is varied but with a strong emphasis on regional and international news and current affairs. Tight deadlines and news updates are the norm, and the ability to enjoy and thrive in such a fast-paced production environment is a quality we look for in all prospective staff.

Role Responsibility

  • To research, output, report, present, write, edit and adapt stories or programme material for all multimedia platforms, primarily on TV.
  • To perform live on audio or video with or without a script, live or in recording sessions, either as Programme Producer, or as a participant in others' productions.
  • To undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. After appropriate training, use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To create, produce, maintain and promote online and multimedia contents, including social media and interactive output.
  • Although the roles focus on TV output, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including; presenting, interviewing, writing for the web, radio and television reporting and developing our interactivity and social media offer.
  • In addition, BJs will be expected to work closely with other language services in BBC Africa as well as the rest of the BBC, building relationships that will be mutually beneficial and which enable BBC Africa take a leading role in the overall BBC coverage of Africa.
  • Shift work will be required which will include public holidays. Occasionally, you may be required to travel abroad on assignment.
  • All BBC Africa service staff may be required to work with or move to other programme teams on a multi-media basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills in a flexible manner.
  • To ensure that BBC Editorial guidelines and all relevant legal, contractual and copyright requirements are met, referring upwards in cases of difficulty or doubt.
  • To liaise closely with other team members and with contributors, reporters and stringers. To advise other parts of the BBC on target area affairs.
  • To build strong relationships with other BBC Africa TV programme makers (Somali TV, Focus on Africa TV and BBC Swahili in particular) as well as with other parts of the BBC to enable the efficient production of content.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • A full command and up to date knowledge of French as a first or equivalent language and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presentation skills with the ability to perform on camera and at the microphone with flair.
  • Proven track record of producing stories and programmes for TV.
  • A strong understanding of the constraints of generating original TV material in French from Africa and for Africa and preferably proven experience in delivering powerful stories for TV.
  • Substantial recent and relevant full-time experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others.
  • Experience of reporting, in the field, on African political, economic, sport and social issues
  • Ability to write scripts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
  • Wide and up to date knowledge of Eastern, Southern or Western Africa and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Continuing

Base: London

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK

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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