BBC World Service Senior Lead Presenter - Focus on Africa TV Jobs in Kenya

BBC World Service Senior Lead Presenter - Focus on Africa TV Jobs in Kenya

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is undergoing a significant strategic review to become a digital first operation. This new structure seeks to ensure that the BBC is known for distinctive and original content.

Focus on Africa is a daily news and current affairs programme broadcast on BBC World News and partner stations globally, and is one of the crown jewels of the BBC World Service. It is where we showcase our best journalism, analysis and explanation, helping audiences understand the world better.

We are evolving Focus of Africa as part of an ambitious plan of transformation across the World Service. The refreshed programme, presented from the continent for the first time, will meet our audience needs now and in the future.

The Senior Lead Presenter of Focus TV will present the show 5 days a week and be key to growing the loyalty of our audiences and the ambition of our television and digital plans.

You will be an experienced, exciting, brave presenter or reporter with a strong news sense and a sharp editorial mind. You will be passionate about making accurate, impartial, trusted news and current affairs from across Africa.

You will have ideas and ambitions about how we can drive exclusive original journalism originating in Africa, and how we can present it for television and digital to our existing audiences and attract new users and viewers.

Role Responsibility

  • Presents live and is able to adapt to unfolding stories while on air.

  • Provides timely, specialist and self-assured news coverage and analysis on news and events of interest to the audiences of the BBC.

  • Interviews leaders, news makers, specialists, policymakers and those involved at the centre of stories, holding them to account where relevant.

  • Broadcasts in a manner which is, engaging, entertaining and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience, making complex issues accessible.

  • Acts
    as an ambassador for the BBC to the audience concerned, being comfortable with policy makers, high profile people, and audiences.

  • Generates ideas and stories; contributes to the creative treatment and production of an item or programme; provides clear treatments and proposals, ensuring consistency of content, quality and style.

    Are you the right candidate?

  • Demonstrable experience in originating and producing impactful digital first and TV content, including explainers and analysis pieces.

  • Ability to frame and tailor a story for local, regional and/or global audiences and experience of reporting on regional and international current affairs for multiple platforms.

  • To have an accomplished presentation style for digital, social and linear platforms, which is fluent, engages the viewer and reflects the BBC values.

  • Ability to push BBC News content on social media and engage with audiences according to the BBC editorial guidelines.

  • Use knowledge of social trends across East, Central and the Horn of Africa to make informed decisions on upcoming stories.

  • An excellent regional knowledge of Africa, and an understanding of BBC News distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the digital strategy of the BBC as a whole.

  • Ability to collaborate with teams across platforms and the World Service to serve broad audience needs

  • Ability to respond to and report on breaking news and to travel, sometimes at short notice.

    How to Apply

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