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 multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Broadcast Journalist
Job Reference: BBC/TP/1394352/40949
Department: BBC Yoruba Service
Reports to: Editor, Yoruba Service
Package: Local terms and Conditions
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
- Africa’s media landscape is changing. It 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 World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million across various platforms.
- Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12. Three of the new language services, Yoruba, Igbo, and Pidgin, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.
- We are now looking for excellent Broadcast Journalists with the relevant technical and language skills to join the new Yoruba service.
- Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.
- As a BBC Broadcast Journalist you will work creatively across all digital platforms – audio, video and text – to ensure that the Yoruba Service output develops and grows a distinctive character and status in its target area. On a daily basis, you will engage actively with the audience ensuring consistency of output. You will be required occasionally to do some field reporting.
- The successful candidate will have some experience within a media environment. Fluent in Yoruba and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering creative output on online platforms. Knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential. You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential.
- You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.
- To create original digital material for all multimedia output (audio, online, and social).
- To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required.
- To keep abreast of evolving news stories and emerging trends aimed at the Nigeria audience
- Must have an awareness of and a keen interest in the needs of young and female audiences
- To create sharable content with the other Nigeria Language Services and wider BBC outlets.
- All broadcast journalists with bi lingual skills may be required to work with or move to other Nigeria Language service teams.
- To perform live across all digital platforms, audio or video with or without a script or in recording sessions, either as Programme Producer, or as a participant in others' productions.
- To attend editorial meetings and contribute to the commissioning process, looking beyond the daily news agenda to ensure a rich, varied and original coverage across all platforms.
- All journalists may be required to travel off base on short reporting trips and assignments, as required.
- To ensure that BBC Editorial guidelines and all relevant legal, contractual and copyright requirements are met, referring upwards in cases of difficulty or doubt.
- To contribute to other areas of the BBC including BBC News and Online.