Journalist, BBC Arabic Xtra TV


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Package Description

Contract type: Permanent - Full Time 
Location: Beirut, Lebanon 

Lebanon terms and conditions of employment.

Please submit your CV and questionnaire in English.


Job Introduction

BBC News Arabic is the largest language service of the BBC, providing news and current affairs on TV, Radio, Digital and Social Media to major Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.  Its documentaries and programmes team has won multiple UK and international awards for its content.

BBC Xtra is a key part of the channel’s schedule – a ground-breaking, digitally focused TV programme reaching out to younger news and current affairs audiences, and to those who are less likely to engage with traditional news content. It aims to introduce people in different parts of the Arab world to each other and to explore important social and political issues in a way that is engaging, innovative and entertaining.

We are looking for Journalists who will work to the Senior Journalist of the show. You will be part of the editorial team who will shape the content for BBC Arabic, both digitally and on TV.

Main Responsibilities

As Journalist, you will build and lead our BBC Xtra output in Beirut. You will oversee the programme delivery on both its digital first and young audience targets, managing complex editorial issues and ensuring content adheres to BBC editorial guidelines.  You will ensure content and style is creative and relevant to the target audience.

Some of your other main accountabilities will include:

  • Producing complex lead stories and oversee the work of others.
  • Researching, writing, translating, editing or adapting items, stories or programme material. Finding contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification.
  • Taking the lead around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches for oneself and others. 
  • Ensuring Presenters, producers and other production staff are fully briefed on programme material.

**For more info please check the job description.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role, you should have strong digital and commissioning skills. And the ability to inspire a team and lead change. Excellent written and spoken Arabic and English are a must. You have knowledge of youth problems and hopes in the region, extensive experience of live radio journalism and a clear understanding of radio digital. You have the ability to make difficult editorial decisions under pressure and are willing to work flexibly.

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