Service Editor - BBC News Serbian


Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is growing and we want you to grow with us!

We are 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.

Main Responsibilities

The BBC is seeking an experienced, ambitious, and creative Editor to launch the new BBC Serbian Service.

Based in Belgrade, you will work with colleagues in London to develop the editorial and product strategy for the Service. You will make sure that the Service you are building is innovative, impactful, and true to the BBC’s Editorial Standards.

You will collaborate with specialists in BBC Recruitment and HR, as well as with senior editors in the BBC Europe Region, in order to establish and then manage a team of journalists for the Service.

You will launch operations of the Service, ensuring that its output is of value to the audience and makes an impact in the Serbian-speaking market.

Following the launch, you will organise and oversee the day-to-day work of the Service, making editorial decisions on a high level; managing staff and budgets; ensuring that the Service continues to develop and adapt in order to remain highly relevant to its audience.

You will work with colleagues in the BBC World Service Europe Region and elsewhere in the BBC, in order to establish a close working relationship between the Serbian Service and other areas of the BBC. You will commission and publish joint productions; you will make sure that the output of BBC Serbian regularly features on other BBC outlets; you will work to make sure that BBC Serbian uses best practices available elsewhere in the BBC.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience as a senior editor, preferably in a digital media environment. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience of creating new editorial products and teams.

For success in this job, you will need to take a keen interest in the global news agenda, and you should know how to make it relevant to users in the target region.

You will also need to demonstrate experience of producing high-impact original material and commissioning investigative stories from within the regional market. You will have experience and a thorough understanding of the challenges of developing and delivering long form and multiplatform original journalism.

The successful candidate will be required to operate in accordance with the BBC’s editorial guidelines, working with the rest of the team in the Serbian Service and in the wider Europe Region, to build a successful service which will provide independent, accurate and balanced coverage of news, current affairs and wider agenda for the Serbian-language audience.

Experience of managing people is required; and knowledge of how to manage budgets is highly desirable.

You will need to speak Serbian as a native language or equivalent; and you must be highly proficient in English.

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 very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

Package Description

Salary:               Local Terms and Conditions Apply

Location:            Belgrade, Serbia

Contract type:    Continuing

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