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Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Africa Business Unit which produces business video and TV content for African audiences. BBC Africa Business Journalists work across platforms with a focus on TV, digital video, text, and radio. 

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for an experienced journalist who is full of creative ideas for telling the stories that matter to our audiences. In this role you’ll plan, produce and deliver some of the key stories of the day. You’ll need the experience to be confident producing a weekly and a daily show, dealing with breaking news and changing your plans as the world changes around you.

Please note this role requires the journalist to work from our London office, we are happy to consider applications from outside the UK.

The Ideal Candidate

What the Africa Business Unit is looking for:

  • An experienced journalist with fluency in written and spoken French. Ability to communicate effectively in English is preferable. 
  • 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. 

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 3 Month FTC
Location: London

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/



About the Company

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

Role – Broadcast Journalist Band C 6- months Fixed term/ Attachment

Focus on Africa is the BBC World Service’s premier news and current affairs programme. With a truly pan African agenda, the programme reports and explains Africa to their audiences with dynamism, clarity and rigorous journalism. It is broadcast across the continent on BBC relays and via many  partner stations. It is also available via the BBC Sounds apps.

The department also produces The Comb and Africa Today Podcasts

 Ideal Candidate

·         Demonstrable knowledge of Africa and international news

·         A track record of imaginative and creative story- telling in radio and experience of using digital platforms to reach audience.

·         Demonstrable experience of using innovation to create impact for content

·         Whilst not necessary, being bilingual is an added advantage

·         Experience of producing radio or short videos in studio, on location or both.




As a Journalist for BBC World Service Africa you will use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver outputs to the highest professional standards. You will consistently produce engaging packages through a range of production skills, delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards. In the role you will exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and produce accurate and impartial journalism.


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