Senior Journalist – Africa Eye at BBC

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.

Role Responsibility

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

It is preferable you have experience in undercover filming with experience of working with undercover teams, deploying teams into hostile environments.

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

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