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Urdu Reporter - Lahore

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences.  It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels.

All Language Services are multiplatform, with a multimedia website. Focus is around digital video, text, interactivity for both desktop and mobile platforms, and a daily TV news programme for some services. 

BBC Urdu provides news and current affairs to Urdu speaking audiences through broadcast and digital media on radio, TV, social and mobile platforms.  In line with World Service News innovation objectives of reaching new audiences, BBC Urdu has expanded its digital platform.

We are now looking for a Reporter to join our growing team in Lahore.

Role Responsibility

You will work across all platforms including audio, video and text to ensure the BBC Urdu Service output retains its distinctiveness, character and status in its target area. You will contribute to and influence our regional and international news coverage, as well as participate in new media platforms. You will also enable audiences to contribute to user-generated content across our multi-platform offer. On a daily basis you will be reporting to designated editors from the Urdu Service and coordinating content with staff in London as well as with counterparts in other services to ensure consistency of output relevant to the target audience.

You will be broadcasting in Urdu and English on news topics and events (political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, sport, etc.) in a manner which is timely, authoritative, lively, interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience. Delivering story treatments which are innovative and engaging for TV and digital platforms whilst using social platforms to inform newsgathering decisions. Spot stories and subjects which would trend or go viral digitally.

Please see the attached Job Description for more information.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Outstanding language skills specifically fluent, broadcastable and written Urdu
  • High level of written and spoken English with the ability to communicate effectively to listeners
  • Recent and relevant experience as a TV reporter and/or print Journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others
  • A thorough knowledge of national and international affairs  
  • Excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement. Familiarity of the region and an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements with a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups
  • A good understanding of digital platforms and successful content. A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media  

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Lahore

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

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