Senior News Editor - BBC India

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Job Introduction

The BBC’s Delhi news bureau is one of the largest outside London, with c250-people working in a fully equipped, modern newsroom.

Following a major investment programme in 2016, the BBC now publishes news in six Indian languages from Delhi – in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.

Delhi is also home to a small online team for BBC News, working in English. It maintains a dedicated India index of the BBC News website and an Indian “edition” of the top-level homepage. There is also a “BBC News India” social presence, including a Facebook page with 3.4 million followers.

Our digital audience (English and local languages) in India has risen to more than 31 million people a week, and continues to grow rapidly.

Role Responsibility

The role of the India digital editor spans all seven languages, with a particular responsibility for growing our reach among English-speaking Indian audiences.  News online in Delhi will report to this role, as do all WS language service editors. The digital editor reports to the Head of Indian Languages, who in turn is accountable to commissioning and output editors in London

The role is expected to: 

  • Bring more digital expertise to the editorial leadership in Delh
  • Accelerate growth in our English-speaking audience and languages audience in India.
  • Continue to raise the editorial quality and ambition of our India languages’ output on digital platforms
  • Increase our overall multilingual/multiplatform impact in a crowded Indian digital news market

Are you the right candidate?

  • You will be an outstanding journalist who can direct and shape all digital output from Delhi to increase the reach, distinctiveness and impact of BBC journalism.
  • You will be a digital expert, with a deep understanding of all aspects of online publishing, including SEO, data, metrics and dashboards, mobile formats, and social media.
  • You will have a firm grasp of the digital strategy and business targets for the BBC in India, both for the publicly-funded World Service (news in india languages) and the commercially operated (news in English). You will have a clear understanding of the behaviour and news needs of online consumers, and the BBC’s place in the market.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a large and “matrix” organisation structure. The role requires close collaboration with (English) Newgathering correspondents in India, with World Service teams in London, and with the editors of BBC News online in London and Singapore.
  • Proficiency in one or more Indian language besides English would be a distinct advantage. An in-depth understanding of India, its culture, politics, society and place in the world, will be essential.
  • The role also manages day-to-day certain central editorial functions in Delhi, including the visual journalism team and the growth editor.

Package Description

Permanent contract.   

Local terms and conditions apply.

Role based in Delhi. 

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

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