BBC News is growing and we want you to grow with us! We’re looking for people who are full of ideas and have a real passion for news. People who have enthusiasm for all things digital and understand the role BBC journalism plays across the world. We want applicants who can bring their life experiences into our newsrooms.
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, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, 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.
What you will be doing:
We are looking for an excellent senior journalist to be the Editor of the Pidgin language service to deliver a dynamic range of digital, audio and video content. You will report to the Head of West Africa and also work closely with other senior editorial figures in BBC World Service.
As the Editor, you will provide creative leadership and vision, to maximise the Pidgin language service’s impact and potential in Nigeria, taking into account the changing media conditions in the target area. You will approve content, ensuring that BBC editorial guidelines are adhered to consistently. You will manage teams and resources, taking responsibility for ensuring that all output is delivered creatively and on schedule.
Why you’ll need:
The successful candidate will have substantial experience in a senior journalistic role within a media environment. Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering output on multimedia platforms An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential. You will have recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.
A good appreciation of the media situation in Nigeria and the wider target area, and how it is developing with the ability to anticipate changes in the market is essential. Experience of managing budgets is required.
You must have work authorization for Nigeria.
Why you’ll want it:
This a rare opportunity to join the BBC in a brand new role and really make a big impact! This is a real opportunity to make your mark on this new African Service
For full details on this exciting opportunity please refer to: bbc.com/worldservicejobs