Reporter BBC Korean Service

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Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and social networks. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels.

As part of a plan to open new radio broadcasts and online news offers, the BBC World Service is establishing a Korean language programme.

The service is tasked with reporting on current affairs and key events on the Korean Peninsula, the neighbouring countries and the Koreans around the world.

Applicants for all the roles in this new service must have first-hand experience in working in broadcast media relevant to either South or North Korean current affairs, excellent written and spoken language skills in Korean language.

We are now looking for a reporter for the BBC Korean Service in Seoul.

Role Responsibility

To provide timely, expert and authoritative news coverage and analysis for BBC Korean Service, World Service Languages and also Newsgathering on news and events of interest to the audiences of the Korean Service and wider BBC.

To gather material for broadcast including online, social media and radio in Korean and in English on news topics and events (political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, sport) in a manner which is timely, authoritative, lively, interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.

To offer and develop strong and interesting stories and creative treatments relevant for all Korean and East Asia output and for English speaking news output as and when required.

To go on newsgathering trips and other relevant assignments for newsgathering and reporting purposes for both World Service and BBC News.

To present live news coverage in English for the World Service (WS) and News outputs on request, especially when Korea-based BBC News Correspondents are not available.

To liaise with the East Asia Planning Editor and World Duty Editors (WDEs) Languages on big stories with impact across the World Service Group (WSG).

To act as a contact point and to alert BBC editors in the UK and overseas bureaux to breaking news about the Koreas and be ready to file accurate, relevant and on-the-spot reports.

To build up strong relationships with relevant programme editors, camera operators and production staff and contributors. To co-ordinate with your immediate team, camera operator, producers and contributors to produce high quality journalism.

The Ideal Candidate

A full command and up to date knowledge of Korean as first (or equivalent) language.

An excellent knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English for journalism and the ability to communicate effectively.

Demonstrable knowledge of North Korean affairs is essential.

TV broadcasting background preferable and a comfortable on air performance.

A good broadcasting voice and the ability and flexibility to acquire the appropriate presentation style to communicate effectively with the audience in the Korean/English in programs appropriate to the need of the service.

Experience of reporting on international and East Asian political, social and economic issues.  Able to demonstrate a good range of contacts for interview purposes such as from the field of politics, economics and international relations.

High level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC Policy.

A current and in-depth knowledge of East Asian affairs (South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan) with particular emphasis on politics and economics.  A thorough knowledge of international affairs will be an advantage.

 Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process.

A knowledge of and aptitude for modern broadcast technologies including those in digital, multimedia and multiplatform production.

An understanding of relevant media laws.


Package Description

Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract - local terms and conditions apply

About the Company

We do not focus simply on what we do. We also care about 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 will 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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