Journalist (Gujarati Planner)

Job Introduction

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 429 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 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 services. Each service aims to make international news relevant to an Indian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Indian and global developments.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a motivated and outstanding journalist to join the BBC Gujarati team to deliver the very best journalism to Indian audiences in Gujarati, as well as other Indian languages and the wider BBC, for audiences across all platforms.

  • To work closely with the Planning Producers of all Indian language services as well as News Online English and Newsgathering to deliver BBC Gujarati content to all outlets.
  • Ensure that BBC Gujarati reporters and teams provide daily news coverage and produce high impact, exclusive content that work on our platforms, particularly digital.
  • Exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the India Planning Editor and the BBC Gujarati Service Editor and to maintain clear and regular communication with them.
  • Manage deployment of BBC Gujarati reporters and production teams in the field.
  • Take a lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project as appropriate.
  • To prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources available.
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken Gujarati and also English.
  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with an excellent understanding of producing high quality digital content.
  • An understanding of social media platforms, content and audiences
  • Knowledge of TV production including scripting and editing will be an added advantage
  • Demonstrate sound editorial decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda and the Indian news context.
  • A familiarity with the wider BBC including Newsgathering and output teams in Delhi and London.
  • Understands how a team works effectively.
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
  • 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.
  • The ability to work flexible hours when required including on weekends if necessary.
  • An understanding of health and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting.

Package Description

Local terms and conditions

6 month attachment / fixed term contract

Based in Delhi, India

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

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.

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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