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BBC is looking for a Senior Journalist - Lagos


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 Contract Type:
Fixed Term – Full Time
0.00 - 0.00
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 Job Category:
 BBC Region / Division:
News & Current Affairs
 BBC Business Unit:
News - WSG World Service


Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 6 Month Fixed Term Contract
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Local terms and conditions apply. Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria. 

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package and other benefits.

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 a historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service has launched a range of television Language programmes and digital content that go beyond the hard news agenda to include Discussions and Technology, Sport, Business programmes and factual content for African audiences.

Africa Eye produces 20 documentaries per year. The programmes are based on in-depth reporting that holds power to account. They tackle topics that are of intense interest and concern to audiences in Africa.

Main Responsibilities

As the Senior Journalist for Africa Eye you will be developing distinctive, significant investigations and current affairs documentaries (30min and 1 hour) which achieve high levels of impact and appreciation amongst African audiences. You will be involved from the development of ideas, through the creative process of gathering material, to the editing and delivery of outstanding content.

With editorial innovation you will be developing great digital and TV content whilst managing budgets and observing tight financial targets. It will be your responsibility to make sound judgements on matters of editorial sensitivity.

Are you the right candidate?

To be the ideal candidate you will have an extensive track record of work in Nigeria and, preferably, other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with at least 2 years working on African content or on the continent itself with a thorough knowledge of African news and international current affairs.  You will have a good working knowledge of long form and short form production techniques suitable for television, digital video, online and other formats.

You will have a demonstrable track record of developing and producing impactful investigations, preferably with experience in undercover filming and working with undercover teams, as well as managing the deployment of teams into hostile environments.

You will also have experience in the management of complex short-form news and social rollouts for long-form programmes.

You will need experience in managing budgets and observing tight financial targets.

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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