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Multimedia Producer (Russian Service - Europe HUB)

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

Job Introduction

The Russian Service is one of the largest language services in the BBC World Service. It has a 24/7 multiplatform website and a large amount of video, interactive and audio content including three radio programmes. Its staff is mostly located in London and Moscow, and a large part of the output is from the Moscow bureau.

The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to a Russian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Russian and FSU developments. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity forms a large part of its content across all platforms. All content may be syndicated to partners across the FSU; radio programmes are transmitted by the internet.

The needs of the service depend on the size, scale and variety of the operation, and the demands made upon programme staff may likewise vary, as the service responds to rapid changes in the target area.

Please note that screentests will be required prior to being selected for interview.

Role Responsibility

The Multimedia Producer will be working in a multimedia team of journalists and reporting to a line manager who may be on Band 8, Band 9 or Band 10. On a daily basis reporting to Multimedia Desk Editor/Senior Producer/Editor, as appropriate. Shift work may be required which could include nights, weekends and public holidays.

You will originate, research, prepare, produce and present items, reports, packages, interviews, discussions, complete programmes, background pieces, analysis and news features. You'll also report in text, audio and video from the field in a range of formats, including social media. You will need to ensure that any output material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC and deputise for Multimedia Desk Editors and Senior Producers for periods of time as required.

In coordination with senior editors within the Service, and with appropriate support and assistance, you will be required to develop, produce, and present a new, youth-oriented, internet-based, weekly video blog about the life of the young people in London.

Are you the right candidate?

An essential requirement for this role will be an up to date knowledge of Russian as a first (or equivalent) language as well as a good knowledge and comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.

You'll have recent and relevant experience as a full-time journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others. Ability to write, adapt, and translate with accuracy, clarity, and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media, suitable for multimedia output.

You will have experience of, or willingness to learn, operating as a video producer and reporter; and a particular interest in Internet video and youth-friendly formats.  

An interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement with a demonstrable interest in online and how to exploit it for the BBC's purposes. 

You will need a good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style of the network. Experience of reporting, in the field, on international and/or Russian-speaking political and economic issues with the ability to demonstrate a good range of contacts for interview purposes including political and economic analysts, politicians, etc.

Please read the full job description for a detailed outline of the role.

Package Description

You must be able to speak Russian as a first or equivalent language as well as a good knowledge and comprehension of written and spoken English.

This role is available to job share and part-time applicants. Please state in your application your planed arrangements. 

3 Months x 20 hrs Per Week

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