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Media Monitors (BBC Monitoring News Talent Pool) - Freelance

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

Job Introduction

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) provides news and information based on our monitoring of open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms.

Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news.

Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet and news agencies is also provided to commercial clients and the UK and US governments.

Role Responsibility

We are recruiting freelance Media Monitors who will contribute to the mission of BBC Monitoring to observe, understand and explain global open source for the UK.  You'll work collaboratively to monitor media from a specified region or on a specified topic and contribute to the production and delivery of a consistent and reliable service of news, information and insight on that region or topic from the world's media. You'll maintain, develop and disseminate expert knowledge ensuring that output meets BBC Monitoring's purpose, stakeholder requirements and BBC editorial standards

Are you the right candidate?

You'll need a thorough knowledge of one of the following languages - Bengali, Tamil, Sinhala, Nepali, Marathi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bhutanese, Dhivehi and Hindi - as well as the ability to translate professionally and in written English to a high standard.  You'll need to demonstrate a high level of interest in, and understanding of, news and current affairs of South Asia with a specialisation in politics of the region in which the known language is spoken.  You'll need an in-depth knowledge of traditional and social media in the target region, and an awareness of media developments globally with an ability to write, translate and edit copy accurately and quickly.

Package Description

All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance basis.

Appointment to the Talent Pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.  However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

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

Any work offered with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan or Nepal.

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, sexuality, social 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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