Journalist - BBC Dira ya Dunia TV

London (Central), London (Greater)
£33,795 - £38,000
09 Feb 2018
01 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

BBC Africa is a multimedia operation with an extremely varied output focusing on African and Global audiences. It offers a unique service which delivers first class content about Africa for Africa and for the rest of the world. From covering breaking news, sport, arts, business and features to challenging decision makers and discussing issues which affect the daily lives of Africans, our programmes are delivered across a range of platforms.

Dira ya Dunia TV is a daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in East Africa and it is now recruiting for one Journalist with first class TV expertise.



  • Although the roles focus on TV output, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including; presenting, interviewing, writing for the web, radio and television reporting and developing our interactivity and social media offer.
  • Journalists produce accurate, informed and interesting news and programming to the highest possible standards. The role demands energy, creativity and flexibility, as well as a genuine passion for explaining the world to our audiences as well as telling the African story to a global audience.
  • In addition, Journalists will be expected to work closely with other language services in BBC Africa as well as the rest of the BBC, building relationships that will be mutually beneficial and which enable BBC Africa to take a leading role in the overall BBC coverage of Africa. 
  • Shift work will be required which will include public holidays. Occasionally, you may be required to travel abroad on assignment.

About You

  • The role requires a strong understanding of the constraints of generating original Swahili TV material from Africa and for Africa and preferably proven experience in delivering powerful stories for TV.
  • You'll need complete comprehension of written and spoken English and Kiswahili as a first or equivalent language and the ability to communicate effectively. 
  • You'll need to demonstrate wide and up to date knowledge of East Africa and the wider Africa region and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. 
  • Television or video production experience in a newsroom environment is essential including researching, presenting, packaging and adapting stories or programme material for all multimedia output, but primarily TV. 
  • You'll need substantial recent and relevant full-time experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others in Kiswahili and English. 
  • You'll also need recent experience of creating, producing and maintaining online and multimedia content, including social media and interactive output.

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