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BBC Senior Journalist, Arabic Planning


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Job Introduction

BBC Arabic provides news, current affairs and programmes on Radio, TV and Online to Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and across the world, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  The output is modern in style and outlook and adheres to BBC values of accuracy and impartiality.  It has broad appeal, free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures.  BBC Arabic reaches a weekly audience of approximately 44 million across platforms and provides one quarter of output across the entire World Service. An innovative and forward thinking department which not only caters for MENA region but also has solid partnerships across the BBC and with external organisations.

Role Responsibility

  • Be prepared to be deployed to cover stories from the field at home and overseas in potentially hostile environments
  • Researching and planning deployments including preparing risk assessments, sharing editorial guidance, fixing logistics and overall budgeting.
  • Offering ideas for innovative digital content, attending editorial and planning meetings as required.
  • To suggest new angles and formats on existing stories in order to bring them to life for the audience.
  • To liaise closely with various teams and with contributors, shoot edits and stringers and  when commissioning material from external sources.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful Senior Journalist will have thorough understanding of the editorial aims of BBC News output and must be able to exercise sound editorial judgement. You will have strong knowledge of Arabic and international news stories and issues, as well as forthcoming news events especially in North Africa and the Gulf. You will be fluent in Arabic and English. You will also have good Knowledge of TV, radio, digital media & online production techniques and facilities. A good understanding of social media and its role in news is essential.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

Salary: £36,195 - £56,474

Closing Date: 13/05/2020

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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

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