Journalist, BBC World Service Global English - Talent Pool

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service Global English produce some of the best, most listened to, international news programmes in the world. The BBC World Service reaches 100s of millions of people and our news coverage is the cornerstone of the network’s output. We are looking for creative, determined and curious journalists to bring to our diverse audiences the best eyewitnesses, influential players and analysis about the stories that matter and we aim to enlighten, surprise and delight. We are looking for someone who thinks independently, is full of distinctive ideas for stories and who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will need persistence, determination and creativity to thrive in our team and make great programmes.

Role Responsibility

This is a unique opportunity to work across several, quite different programmes with their own distinct styles. As a journalist on the team you’ll work to output editors and with presenters. You will be responsible for producing whole sequences for broadcast, finding and briefing interviews for broadcast, making packages and casting discussions. You will be expected to contribute ideas and analysis that produce creative, intelligent and engaging radio.

You’ll work in one of the most prestigious newsrooms in the world in New Broadcasting House, London. The programmes you’ll work on include Newsday, Newshour, BBC OS the World Tonight.

Are you the right candidate?

You will be a first class journalist with natural curiosity and a broad range of interests. You will have a strong understanding and love of both international and domestic news as well as the wider news agenda, which you’ll use to come up with ideas for news-making interviews and distinctive content. You will be full of original ideas on how to communicate and contextualise complex stories in a way that resonate with listeners and reflect a breadth of experience.

You will be organised, resilient and hard working. You will have a thorough understanding of our audiences and of what makes good radio. You’ll also have knowledge of the digital landscape and how to make our content travel further on BBC platforms.


•  Demonstrates an interest and knowledge of international news; understanding of the needs and interests of our audiences around the world

•  A deep understanding of how best to captivate, engage and serve the interests and needs of our diverse audiences

• Work on a variety of day shifts: come up with story ideas, identifying and booking contributors, chasing breaking stories, editing audio, as well as writing briefs for presenters

•  Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.

• Ability to cope with conflicting demands in pressurised situations; understanding how a team works effectively and an ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people

• Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.

• Work with broadcast video and audio output, sourcing user-generated content (UGC) and working with online content management systems

• Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Freelance 
Location: London


About the BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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