BBC Africa – Journalist (Producer).

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Job Introduction

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service launched new business daily and weekly TV programming and innovative digital content in English, Swahili and French.

Role Responsibility

This post is based in the Africa Business Unit which produces business video and TV products for African audiences. All BBC Africa Business Journalists work across platforms, on a multimedia website with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity and radio and TV services.

Multimedia Journalists are part of the editorial/production team which work within the BBC’s high editorial standards and have responsibility for the clear and engaging reporting or presentation of the daily and/or weekly programme.They are responsible for all aspects of Business output including the production and presentation of live and recorded content, reporting, presenting, script-writing, packaging, translating, and compiling TV Bulletins.  They are versatile with proven journalistic skills or equivalent experience, good on-screen presence and broadcast voice, energy, creativity, flexibility and an in-depth understanding of the news, politics, culture and social issues relevant to an African audience.

In addition, all of our journalists are involved in creating digital video for our website and social platforms, and writing for our website to promote our content and engage with our audiences.

Shift work will be required which could include early/late shifts, weekends and public holidays.

The Ideal Candidate

  • First class communication with fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili. Ability to communicate effectively in another African language is preferable.
  • A good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market.
  • Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment.
  • Exceptional knowledge of business, in particular stories that appeals to an African audience and excellent contacts.
  • Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable.
  • Ability to write scripts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong reporting skills with the ability to perform with flair.
  • A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.
  • A demonstrable interest in new media and how to exploit it for the BBC’s purposes.
  • Good keyboard/computer skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and to operate technical equipment.
  • An understanding of the BBC Africa’s distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the strategy of the BBC as a whole.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing (permanent) contract

Local terms and conditions apply.

Role based in Kenya.

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Closing Date 30 November, 2021

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

We are happy to receive applications from candidates based outside of Kenya. 

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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