Senior Camera Operator at BBC World Service

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Senior Camera Operator

Location: Lagos

Job Family: Technical Production
Band: C

Job Purpose

  • Be part of the team responsible for the operation of various types of camera in studios, on outside broadcasts and on location, providing a high degree of technical expertise as well as a flexible and efficient service, to meet the visual requirements of the Producer or Director.
  • Routinely filming and editing complete packages for use across multiple platforms.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Operate cameras without supervision to a medium level of artistic complexity.
  • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, shoot, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards – recognising the distinct requirements of different types of output.
  • Routinely shoots and edits packages, long form pieces.
  • Operate lighting for camera to a basic level of complexity (normally restricted to basic lighting kit).
  • Operate and rig the full range of camera equipment for high complexity productions (multicamera).
  • To undertake pre- and post-production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To liaise closely with other team members and with other departments in the BBC, to ensure that output material is shared, duplication is avoided, and best practice is upheld.
  • Work to the highest level of craft complexity on directed multi-camera productions including handheld.
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • Willing and adept at passing on skills through training and mentoring.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience

  • Experience as a camera operator and editor.
  • Candidates will have relevant experience in News broadcasting environment, practicing a range of location craft skills (e.g. camerawork / lighting / editing / location facilities). They will be able to demonstrate strong interest in and proven commitment to News.
  • Proven knowledge of issues and stories relevant to African audiences.
  • Experience of filming, editing and packaging content for TV and radio.
  • Ability to gather and prepare audio and video material for use on any service, recognising the distinct requirements of different types of output, self-shooting and editing routinely.
  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques especially self-shooting and editing.
  • Industry recognised training.
  • Experience in working across a range of programmes genres, both recorded and live.
  • Excellent communication skills, tact and diplomacy and be able to liaise with people at all levels.
  • Must have the full range of location craft and technical skills, the ability to operate current broadcast technical equipment on location and at base, demonstrating a well-developed sense of visual awareness and a willingness to learn how to use new technology and kit.
  • Excellent digital skills with track record of researching and discovering stories and after appropriate training use PNG, Quickfire and other newsgathering systems.
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of digital boradcast – Using WMT (Mobile), Lucy live, livestreaming, DSNG etc.

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Decision Making:

  • High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone.
  • May be informally supported by junior staff i.e. VT Editors, News Director.


  • Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the production and post-production of genre programmes.

Application Closing Date
10th June, 2021.

How to Apply
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