Vacancies at The BBC News


Company Info

Large organization

200 + Employees

The BBC News

The BBC News is a worldwide multimedia broadcaster with a weekly global audience of 320 million on radio, TV, internet, and social networks. The BBC World Service is offering a wide range of fresh and interesting language and regional content to reach African and worldwide listeners as part of the BBC Africa’s historic multi-million pound expansion.

1). Journalist, BBC Pidgin Service

Location: Lagos

Main Responsibilities

  • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • 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.
  • 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 produce engaging packages through a range of production skills.
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques.
  • Must be fluent in Pidgin and English.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage and the audience.
  •  A willingness to understand and adopt BBC Editorial Guidelines (especially as regards conflict of interest and impartiality) and to abide by BBC Values.
  • Ability to use technology as required, in order to gather material for broadcast.
  • Understands how a team works effectively.

Deadline: Dec 3, 2023



2). Journalist

Location: Lagos

Employment Type: Full Time

Key Responsibilities

  • As Journalist you will originate and produce, as part of a team, a wide variety of news and current affairs content for Gist Nigeria.
  • You will use a range of video, audio and digital technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver output to the highest professional standards.
  • The role may entail presenting the content on a platform, either live or recorded.
  • You’ll exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas, producing accurate and impartial journalism; undertaking pre/post-production and studio work, live and pre-recorded.
  • At time taking the lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project and have the knowledge on how to tailor news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output reflects the audiences we serve.
  • You’ll prioritise and plan activities, taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources available and work to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.

Are you the right candidate?
You will have significant experience working as a journalist, especially within a digital environment and have excellent knowledge of production techniques. In addition you will have:

  • Good command of English, both written and verbal, and communicate in at least one Nigerian language.
  • Adept at building great working relationships and comfortable working across different teams.
  • Effective planning and organising skills,  as you will be concentrating on several areas of work at one time, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances.

Application Closing Date
30th November, 2023.



3). Senior Journalist, Africa English

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Department: Journalism
Job type: Permanent – Full Time

Job Purpose

  • You will work on and help produce content for Focus on Africa Podcast and TV.
  • You will come up with original and strong story ideas that can create high impact.
  • Research and develop story ideas including finding and setting up contributors.
  • Create detailed briefs and work with the presenter(s) to produce interviews and stories in the studio or on location.
  • Report and deploy to cover stories as may be required.
  • Present the Podcast alongside the Presenter or on your own.
  • Drawing from a range of storytelling techniques, to creatively script and produce episodes.
  • Use and cultivate news contacts and sources to deliver strong and exclusive stories for the podcast
  • Co-ordinate and create digital assets to promote episodes on various digital platforms.
  • Write articles and collaborate with other services to promote content.
  • Use audio recording equipment, self -operated studios and new innovations to record high-quality audio and interviews.

Are you the right candidate?

  • You’ll be a curious and creative storyteller with first class writing skills
  • You will have a solid track record as an experienced and self-sufficient producer of podcasts and/or live radio, displaying strong programme-making skills
  • You must have sound editorial judgement
  • You will have a good grasp of what it takes to make an excellent podcast from finding stories to bringing them to life
  • You must be adaptable and self-motivated
  • You will have at least a basic knowledge in the practicalities of recording audio to a high standard both in the studio and in the field
  • You must be proficient at editing audio
  • You must have working knowledge of the geopolitics of Africa and its media landscape and audiences
  • Knowledge of sound design is an advantage
  • You are an avid podcast listener and closely follow podcast trends and developments both in Africa and internationally.
  • You will have a good understanding of effective promotion and cross promotion of podcasts and the ability to take the initiative and generate additional short form or social media content that will drive audience to the podcast.
  • You will have a thorough understanding of BBC producer guidelines, including how they relate to Podcasts and social media
  • You will have proficient knowledge of digital and social listening and analytical tools such as Chartbeat and CrowdTangle.

Application Closing Date
29th November, 2023.



4). Senior Journalist – Igbo Service

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Department: Journalism
Jov type: Permanent – Full Time

Main Responsibilities

  • As Senior Journalist, you will be responsible for our Igbo output, including editorial control, reporting, selection and compilation of material, production, leading teams as well as planning and implementing effective use of resources.
  • With a keen eye, you will be on the lookout for interesting news items, and have confidence they will  interest your target audience, attracting and engaging them to our platforms via websites and social media.
  • You will write original  content for website stories and social media output, this may include scripting, editing, outputting, filming and presenting content across a range of BBC outputs.
  • You may undertake on-air reporting, including production and presentation of live or recorded programmes on TV, radio and online.
  • You’ll be responsible for allocating work to a team, checking their progress; ensuring the professional contribution of staff and journalism delivered is to a consistently high standard, whilst always seeking ways to increase diversity in our workforce and to ensure that our output reflects the audiences we serve.
  • You will work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining the highest editorial standards.

Are you the right candidate?

  • You will have considerable experience working as Journalist demonstrating high standards of editorial judgment, writing ability and production skills.  In addition you will:
  • Be fluent in Igbo language, both written and spoken, and be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Have extensive experience of data analysis within digital journalism and broadcasting.
  • Have the ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, you’ll adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.
  • Be experienced in finding ways to maximise  opportunities offered by existing and emerging technologies to their fullest extent.
  • Have a strong background in managing resources, staff, technical facilities and budgets, in order to make broadcasting in the most cost effective manner.
  • Be a natural advocate to improving diversity in the workplace.


  • Band D, local terms apply

Deadline: 24th November, 2023

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should use the links below to apply:

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