Senior News Editor, West Africa

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

Job Introduction

Africa’s media landscape is changing.  It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and television migrating from analogue to digital.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching millions of audiences across all platforms and Social Media.  As part of the world’s largest broadcaster, the BBC Africa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital platforms to very large audiences in West Africa and beyond.

We are looking for a creative and progressive leader to coordinate and oversee all editorial activities in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa.

Role Responsibility

As the Senior News Editor (Head of West Africa) you will act as the editorial reference point for World Service Languages and programmes serving audiences in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa.  You will provide dynamic, thoughtful and inspiring editorial leadership and managerial direction to all language service editors in Lagos, Abuja, Dakar and London.

In close coordination with the Head of Journalism BBC Africa you will provide strategic leadership of the BBC as a whole in the region, ensuring that this is done in accordance with World Service Group strategic priorities and demonstrating value for money.

You will be part of BBC Africa’s senior management and will represent the BBC internally and externally where required

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fluent spoken and written English. Knowledge of Hausa, French, Pidgin, Yoruba or Igbo is desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the digital market in Nigeria and other key parts of West Africa.
  • Proven senior experience of journalism in the digital field, with strong digital production skills and the ability to spot gaps in the market to develop opportunities for the BBC.
  • Experience of managing diverse teams
  • A track record of success in a senior editorial role with proven experience over a range of output across platforms.
  • Experience of leading a sizeable team through change.
  • Experience of managing budgets and the commitment to achieving the most efficient and cost effective use of resources
  • Throughout understanding of BBC commitment to impartiality

Package Description

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Contract: Continuing

Any offer of employment will be conditional upon you having the legal right to work permanently in Nigeria without restriction (eg. Nigerian passport)

Interviews are expected to be held w/c 17 January 2022

About the Company

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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.

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