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Senior Journalist, BBC Africa, Uganda

Jonathan R

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Package Description

12 month fixed term contract.   

Local terms and conditions apply.

Role based in Kampala, Uganda

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and social media. Africa’s media landscape 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 is looking for a Senior Journalist - Reporter based in Uganda to provide oversight for a range of TV, Radio and Digital content in English and Swahili which will appeal to young audience and women.

Main Responsibilities

The Reporter will play a crucial role providing timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs events in Uganda and the surrounding regions in both English and Swahili.

You will broadcast 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.


As Senior Journalist you will pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate must have recent and relevant experience as a TV reporter or Journalist with outstanding language skills of written and spoken English. Swahili is desirable and an added advantage.

You will have excellent skills in both TV and Radio scripting and presentation with demonstrated ability to identify strong and distinctive stories.

You will have a good understanding of digital platforms and the types of content which do well on them.   

A thorough familiarity of the region, an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups is needed for the role along with a thorough knowledge of national affairs together with an understanding of international affairs.

About the BBC

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, 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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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