BBC World Service Job Recruitment

BBC World Service Job Recruitment

BBC World Service Job Recruitment

The BBC is a global multimedia broadcaster that airs on radio, television, online, and social networks. It has 320 million people tuning in each week around the world. The BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of exciting new language and regional content for African and global audiences as part of a historic multimillion-pound expansion of BBC Africa.

We are looking for people to fill the following positions:

1.) Video Journalist

Job Title: Video Journalist

Job Reference: BBC/TP/2426377/66161
Location: Lagos
Band: C
Job Category: Journalism
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Business Unit: News – WSG World Service

Job Purpose

  • The purpose of the role is primarily to initiate, gather and produce material for news, current affairs and general programming.
  • Routinely self-shooting and editing complete packages for use across multiple platforms.
  • Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • The main focus of the Video Journalist role is to routinely self-shoot and edit complete news packages, or equivalent. The post holder will also be expected to undertake any of the key responsibilities included below:
  • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, shoot, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards – recognising the distinct requirements of different types of output.
  • Routinely self-shoots and edits complete packages.
  • Routinely fulfills duties unsupervised.
  • May be required to present the content on radio, TV or online. This might be live or recorded.
  • May include the production and presentation of programmes. This might be live or recorded.
  • Exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
  • To undertake pre- and post-production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To liaise closely with other team members and with other departments in the BBC, to ensure that output material is shared, duplication is avoided, and best practice is upheld.
  • Take a lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project as appropriate.
  • To tailor different news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output reflects the audiences we serve.
  • To prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources available.
  • To produce engaging packages through a range of production skills.
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • Willing and adept at passing on skills through training and mentoring.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience

  • Ability to gather and prepare audio and video material for use on any service, recognising the distinct requirements of different types of output, self-shooting and editing routinely as the main focus of the role.
  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques – especially self-shooting and editing.
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage and the audience.
  • Strong record of originating and developing stories for news programmes.
  • Ability to use technology as required, gathering material for broadcast. Understands how a team works effectively.
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
  • Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances.
  • An understanding of health and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting.

Job Impact
Decision making:

  • High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone.
  • No managerial responsibility. May be informally supported by junior staff i.e. Researchers, Coordinators and Assistants.


  • Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the production and presentation of programming.

Application Closing Date
23rd February, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here to apply online (PDF)



2.) Multi-skilled Technical Operator

Job Title: Multi-skilled Technical Operator

Job Reference ID: BBC/TP/2426377/66013
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time
Job Category: Technical Production
Business Unit News – WSG World Service

Job Purpose

  • Fully competent in at least one of the roles in Studio/Gallery Operations and will be able to undertake tasks across all technical areas after suitable training. The roles are Sound Mixer, Vision Mixer, Lighting Director, Technical Co-ordinator (lighting, communications and camera control), Co-Ord, Camera Operator and Floor Manager.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Vision Mixing:

  • Source switching, mixing, keying/effects with or without directors’ instructions, creating timelines, macros and e-mems.
  • Operate and set up the on-board Digital Video Effects (DVE) and operation of associated outboard equipment for example external DVEs such as Spyder.
  • Undertake Studio Direction for less complex or recorded items.

Sound Mixing:

  • Balance live and recorded programmes, including setting up and playing in of material from a local sound-controlled source.
  • Set up studio sound equipment including the positioning and testing of microphones for all programmes.
  • Rig, de-rig, test, line up and operate studio equipment, including microphones communications equipment, PA, FB, sound mixing consoles and any associated outboard effects; as well as any associated cabling, to meet the artistic, technical and safety requirements to fulfil customer demands.
  • Record, edit, and conduct reproduction and dubbing using audio and/or video formats as necessary, including their replay as required by the Director.
  • Establish and maintain studio sound, vision and communication circuits for live or recorded replay / transmission, including the acceptance and use of remote source/s.

Lighting and Vision:

  • Operate the studio lighting desk and to be able to rig and set lamps in the studios to production requirements.
  • Operate camera controls (Camera Control Unit (CCU) and Robotics) to ensure high quality matched camera outputs in terms of exposure, black level and colour.
  • Line up of gallery monitors in terms of black level, brightness and colour balance.
  • Rig, de-rig, test, line up and operate studio equipment, including cameras, their mountings (including remote/robotic cameras, lightweight cameras and motorised camera mountings); monitors; lighting consoles; as well as any associated cabling.
  • Meet the artistic, technical and safety requirements to fulfil customer demands, this includes rigging and setting up of prompting devices and computer equipment.

Technical Coordination:
As above plus:

  • Line up and assess quality of outside sources including Skype and associated communications, to establish and test incoming and outgoing sound and vision circuits to liaise with contributors and guests and to communicate with record replay areas where appropriate.

Camera Operations:

  • Rig and operate studio cameras with or without direction. This will include the use of a jib and ability to create moving pedestal shots.
  • Operate hand held cameras in a creative manner on a live programme.
  • Advise in the rehearsal and planning of programmes as to best use of studio cameras with regards to interpreting directorial ambition.
  • Work closely with lighting directors and set designers to achieve the best-looking programmes within studio constraints.
  • Rig and test studio floor monitors and prompting equipment where required.

Floor Managing:

  • Act as the Director’s representative on the studio floor co-ordinating programme presenters, contributors and staff so that discipline is maintained, and all safety regulations are strictly observed during rehearsal, recordings and transmission.
  • Ensure that contributors, artists and guests are made-up and ready on the set when required, including providing presenters with microphones and talkback boxes as required.
  • Operate studio cameras when required, cueing and communication with presenters, contributors, guests, co-ordinating guests to the programme, managing the studio area to HSE standards.
  • Set up the studio prior to production requirement.

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience
Essential – All positions:

  • Experience working in a live broadcast environment.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Abilities in one technical role.
  • Good IT skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and to operate technical equipment is essential.
  • A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • A good knowledge and commitment to providing output of technical high quality.
  • Able to understand operational, journalistic and production requirements.
  • Good interpersonal skills to establish harmonious working relationships with a variety of personalities, able to communicate effectively with others and keep them informed on progress and to clarify production requirements.
  • Editorial awareness and an understanding of BBC News priorities and objectives.
  • The ability to work fast, accurately and under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • A demonstrable appreciation of BBC Domestic and World Service output and a commitment to BBC values.
  • A demonstrable commitment to the BBC Global News multimedia ambition.
  • You must have a sufficient level of hearing and colour vision required for this post.
  • An awareness of BBC policy on health , safety and security.
  • Knowledge of newsroom production computer systems.

Essential – Sound Mixing:

  • A knowledge of mic suitability and placement for recording of musical performances, a knowledge of the use of direct input (DI) equipment for non-acoustic musical instruments.
  • A knowledge in the operation and use of radio microphones and their associated transmitters and receivers together with an awareness of licensing and frequency allocation.

Essential – Technical Co-ordination:

  • The ability to fine set luminaires and knowledge of plotting and implementation of a studio lighting rig.
  • Knowledge of current health and safety regulations regarding studio lighting and elevated access equipment.

Essential – Camera Operations:

  • A knowledge of current health and safety requirements with regards to studio and electrical safety.
  • Physical fitness and mobility are essential.

Application Closing Date
15th February, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

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