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BBC World Service Languages, Future Voices scheme

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

Job Introduction

The World Service is one of the world’s leading news broadcasters – we are currently available in twenty-nine languages, including English.  The World Service Group, all the international parts of the BBC, has a weekly audience of over 320 million people around the world.

The BBC reports from more locations than any other international broadcaster, and increasingly we’re training up bilingual reporters, who can bring us the story in English and another language.   We’re trusted and respected by our audiences, and we’re a multi-media broadcaster, on radio, TV and digital.

World Service Languages has TV bulletins in eleven languages, in addition to its long-established Persian and Arabic TV channels. We’re a dynamic, ambitious, challenging news organisation bringing the world’s stories to BBC News, at New Broadcasting House in the heart of London.

Role Responsibility

We’ll give you the chance to experience life at the BBC as a journalist, including what it is like working in two languages - English and one other of the World Service languages listed below. You don't need any journalism skills before you start but you must be interested and able to demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism. We’ll give you training in radio, TV and digital journalism.  You’ll spend time in the relevant language service within World Service, and in other parts of BBC News.  You’ll meet a whole range of people here, from bilingual reporters, producers, editors, presenters, camera operators to online and social media journalists.  You’ll come out with a good idea of the wide-ranging journalism that goes on at the BBC World Service and other parts of BBC News.

To participate in the scheme you must be fully bilingual in speaking, reading and writing in both English and one of the following languages:

Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kyrgyz, Farsi, French for Africa, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese

Are you the right candidate?


You’ll be able to speak, read and write fluently in both of your two languages. You’ll be passionate about international news, be interested in the world you live in both in the UK and abroad, and keep up with the news. You’ll also be familiar with the BBC World Service. You’ll be a great communicator, curious and questioning, and good at getting your message across.

There are no minimum entry requirements, but you must be able to show that you’re passionate about news, and about pursuing a career in the media industry.

You must be over 18, and, to get the most out of your time here you should be available to attend every day Monday-Friday for the dates stated.  The scheme takes place at New Broadcasting House in London.  We want you to have a great experience with us, so from day one you’ll get to experience working life on our programmes, and how our journalists contribute and develop ideas, as well as how they work in two languages.  This scheme is open to people from all backgrounds and from every corner of the UK and we welcome applications from BAME candidates.


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