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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PLACEMENT: DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS (READVERTISED)

 

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is a public service broadcaster (PSB) and the oldest Broadcasting Station in Malawi. The Corporation launched its services in Malawi, then Nyasaland, on 16th January 1964 with one radio station which is now called MBC Radio 1.

The Corporation later introduced a second radio station called Radio 2 FM in July 1997 which is essentially a commercial-oriented station. On 1st July 2010, the Malawi Government directed that Malawi Television Limited be incorporated with MBC as the license for the Corporation to operate a television service in addition to radio services.

Following the directive, MBC and Television Malawi Limited (TVM) were merged into one entity to provide public radio and television services efficiently and effectively.

Currently, under the Communications Act, 2016, MBC is a public broadcasting services licensee mandated to inform, educate, and entertain the public; encourage free and informed opinion on all matters of public interest; reflect the wide diversity of Malawi’s cultural life; respect for human rights, the rule of law, and the Constitution through objective, professional and independent programming befitting a PSB.

In order to fulfil its revised mandate effectively and efficiently, an excellent and rare opportunity has arisen at MBC to engage a qualified person of Malawian origin to fill the Executive Management position of:

DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

The position is tenable at MBC Head Office in Blantyre.

The Board of Directors of MBC therefore invites applications from suitable candidates to fill this strategic position on a three (3) year employment contract. This is a highly demanding position that requires a person who has demonstrable capacity to initiate operational, human resource management and administrative innovations geared at making MBC a rejuvenated, vibrant and competitive Corporation.

Purpose of the Position:
To oversee and direct the production and on-air anchoring of TV and radio newscasts and current affairs programs.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Directs the gathering and production of news content for broadcast and digital platforms, leveraging the use of digital tools to enhance news gathering and dissemination.

Supervises personnel, which includes work allocation, training and problem resolution.

Evaluate performance and make recommendations for personnel actions.

Motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.

Ensures compliance with MBC and national broadcasting policies governing news coverage

Generates assignments and evaluates news leads and tips to develop stories
Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interviews, observation, and research to ensure the accuracy of news programs.

Edits news material and reporter submissions; prepares and writes stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards and serves as a fill-in host.

Interacts with senior management in the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, objectives, short and long-range planning.

Develops and implements projects and programs to assist in the accomplishment of established goals.

Participates in the development and management of annual operating budgets and provides fiscal input to the unit.

Monitors equipment usage and ensures the maintenance of equipment inventories.

Required Academic and Professional Qualifications and Experience

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Humanities (majoring in English or drama), Communication, Broadcasting and Cultural Studies from an accredited institution of higher learning;

Those with a Masters Degree in Journalism, Humanities (Majoring in English and Drama), Communication, Broadcasting and Cultural studies will have an added advantage

Experience:

At least 5 years of extensive experience in journalism and broadcasting, preferably in a leadership role within a news organization.
Strong background in news production, editorial decision-making, and content creation across various platforms (television, radio, digital).

Proven record of accomplishment oinmanaging news teams, setting editorial direction, and delivering high quality, accurate, and engaging news coverage.

Experience in navigating legal and ethical issues related to journalism, including libel, privacy, and sourcing.

Leadership and Management Skills:

Exceptional leadership and management abilities, including the ability to inspire and motivate teams, foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment, and drive innovation.

Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with the ability to develop and execute long-term goals and objectives for the news department.

Effective decision-making and problem-solving skills, particularly in high-pressure and fast-paced environments.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact confidently with internal stakeholders, external partners, and the public.

Industry Knowledge and Network:

Deep understanding of the media landscape, including emerging trends, technologies, and audience preferences.

Established relationships with key figures in the journalism and broadcasting industry, including journalists, news producers, government officials, and faith and community leaders.

Awareness of regulatory frameworks and industry standards governing news broadcasting, including impartiality, accuracy, and fairness.

Digital and Multimedia Skills:

Proficiency in digital media production tools and platforms, as well as social media strategies for news dissemination.

Understanding of multimedia storytelling techniques, including video production, graphics, and interactive elements, to enhance news coverage and engagement.

Ethical Standards:

A commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in journalism, including accuracy, fairness, impartiality, and transparency.

Familiarity with codes of conduct and professional guidelines established by industry organizations and regulatory bodies.

Adaptability and Resilience:

Ability to adapt to evolving technologies, audience behaviors, and industry dynamics, while maintaining the integrity and credibility of the news organization.

Resilience in the face of criticism, controversies, and challenges inherent in the news industry.

Continuous Learning and Development:

Willingness to stay updated on industry trends, best practices, and innovations through ongoing professional development, training, and networking opportunities

Terms and Conditions of Service

MBC shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to the successful candidates in accordance with its emolument structure (commensurate with qualifications and experience) which includes salary, medical insurance, and membership to the contributory pension scheme.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should submit their applications together with an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV); names and contacts of three traceable referees; and copies of certificates not later than 29th February 2024 to:

Comptroller of Statutory Corporations,
P.O. Box 30061,
Capital City,
Lilongwe 3.

 

Only shortlisted candidates shall be acknowledged and invited to the interviews.

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