Senior Journalist, BBC Russian Service

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

Job Introduction

The BBC’s Moscow Bureau is one of seven hub bureaux around the world and as such is among the busiest and most challenging of broadcast environments. The Bureau incorporates the following BBC services: Newsgathering, Russian Service, Monitoring. Working together, these services provide BBC programmes, including business and online services, with broadcast news and current affairs material of the highest possible editorial, production and technical standards gathered in the most efficient manner on a range of subjects. 
News from Russia and the Former Soviet Union occupies an important place in the global news agenda and the BBC seeks to remain a competitive, respected and reliable source of information from across the region. 
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 two 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, promotion of content on social media and social newsgathering form a large part of its activities across all platforms.

Role Responsibility

We are recruiting a Senior Journalist to lead an online team in Moscow.  You'll desk edit the online multiplatform offer, ensuring that output conforms to the highest editorial and production standards, is lively and interesting and of relevance to the target area, and that BBC’s editorial guidelines are adhered to. You'll oversee coverage so that all stories are reported in a  multimedia way. Working alongside other Editors and Senior Journalists/Senior Producers (multimedia), you'll act as a point of editorial reference, providing editorial leadership as required.

The key duties include editing the front page of from time to time as required, subbing online, audio and video stories and making suggestions on deployments and commissions (in coordination with the planners).

The Ideal Candidate

  • First-class Russian language skills and a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
  • Proven experience of originating and implementing bold and original ideas and exercising sound judgement.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Russian political, social, cultural and historical context as well as the changing needs of the audience. A particular area of specialisation in one of the topics currently relevant for the Russian audience. 
  • A strong awareness of health and safety / high risk issues, especially those relating to investigative journalism.
  • Experience of live broadcasting, interviewing and reporting, preparing and voicing packages for broadcast is desirable.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Location: Moscow

Local terms and conditions apply

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

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

This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings below you consent to this. Read more about cookies.


This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings below you consent to this. Read more about cookies.