VACANCY: BBC is hiring pidgin editor


The BBC is looking for an excellent senior journalist to be the Editor of the Pidgin Language Service to deliver a dynamic range of digital, audio and video content.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media.

Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million weekly across various platforms.

Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They are based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

Role Responsibility
You will report to the Head of West Africa and also work closely with other senior editorial figures in BBC World Service.

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As the Editor, you will provide creative leadership and vision, to maximise the Pidgin language Service’s impact and potential in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, taking into account the changing media conditions in the target area. You will approve content, ensuring that BBC editorial guidelines are adhered to consistently. You will manage teams and resources, taking responsibility for ensuring that all output is delivered creatively and on schedule.

  • Are you the right candidate?
    The successful candidate will have substantial experience in a senior journalistic role within a media environment. Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering output on media platforms.
  • An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential.
  • You will have recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.
  • A good appreciation of the media situation in Nigeria and the wider target area, and how it is developing with the ability to anticipate changes in the market is essential. Experience of managing budgets is required.

The position is a continuing contract and successful applicant will be based in Lagos.

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.