Talent Pool - BBC News Arabic - Various Freelance Roles


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Package Description

All opportunities offered as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance PAYE basis.

If you are selected to become a part of the Pool, you will be on our list of freelancers who may be asked to work on producing content – the period of time we might need you for could range from one day’s work to up to 12 weeks. Work is not guaranteed and will not be continuous.

All candidates will need to demonstrate their valid right to work in the UK

All candidates need to be prepared to work night shifts when required.

Appointment to the talent pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.   However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

If you already have a current continuing staff contract with the BBC, you won’t be eligible to apply, but if you currently work for the BBC on a fixed term contract or freelance basis, you are eligible to apply, as the pool will be used for future freelance opportunities.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. Until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

Job Introduction

We’re advertising for a variety of freelance roles in BBC News Arabic – please see each individual Job Description for an outline of each role. 

We’re currently looking for passionate, talented and flexible multimedia Arabic speaking freelancers to join our Talent pool - namely - 


  • Journalists
  • Journalism Coordinator
  • Presenter

Xtra Radio:

  • Journalist
  • Presenter
  • Researcher

TV: Journalism Coordinator

  • TV News Journalist


  • Field Producer
  • Assignment Desk Senior Journalist

Multi Media Hub: Journalists

Main Responsibilities

BBC Arabic delivers news, current affairs and documentaries across TV, radio and digital platforms for a weekly audience of nearly 45 million people. It broadcasts 24/7 from London, Cairo and Amman to the Arabic speaking world.

BBC Arabic aims to provide access to the information and ideas everyone needs to make sense of in an increasingly complex world. Through its emphasis on specialist knowledge, international newsgathering, its breadth of programmes and ground hitting documentaries, BBC Arabic seeks to deliver a broad range of news packages, covering current affairs, arts, science, sports, politics, and business. At the heart of our journalistic efforts are breaking news stories, high quality analysis and accurate, balanced reporting delivered in a fast paced environment and against tight deadlines.

As BBC Arabic is seeking to grow, enhance and expand its services, we want to attract new talent – and that might mean you!

Are you the right candidate?

You’ll have sharp production and writing skills, both in Arabic and English. You will also have some journalism experience. You’ll know how to prioritise and use your initiative and meet deadlines - often under pressure. You will need exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
You will need a good knowledge of our editorial agenda and be able to respond to a fast-moving news environment. Candidates should enjoy working to tight deadlines and bring plenty of story, contributor and production ideas to the role.

You will be expected to work across our platforms and have an understanding of the different production methods as well as audience needs. You will be comfortable with technology and social media, able to pick up new skills and turn ideas into engaging coverage. Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve. We are therefore actively seeking a very diverse candidate pool.

You will have experience of:

  • Pitching ideas for TV, radio, digital, social media or interactive content
  • Developing new content
  • Finding ways of encouraging existing and potential audiences to engage with our content
  • Operating broadcast equipment and editing software
  • Writing clear and concise material
  • Working in a journalistic environment
  • Providing first class administrative support

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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