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MALAWI BROADCASTING CORPORATION EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PLACEMENT: DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

A. 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 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, of 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; and to respect human rights, the rule of law, and the Constitution through objective, professional and independent programming befitting a PSB.

  • 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 the demonstrable capacity to initiate operational, human resource management and administrative innovations geared at making MBC a rejuvenated, vibrant and competitive Corporation.

a) Purpose of the Position:
To oversee and direct the production and on-air anchoring of TV and radio news
casts and current affairs programmes

b) Key Responsibilities and Duties

i. 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

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

iii. Evaluates performance and make recommendations for personnel actions

iv. Motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance

v. Ensures compliance with MBC and national broadcasting policies governing news coverage

vi. Generates assignments and evaluates news leads and tips to develop stories

vii. Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interviews,
observation and research to ensure the accuracy of news programmes

viii. 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

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

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

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

xii. Monitors equipment usage and ensures the maintenance of equipment inventories

c) Required Academic and Professional Qualifications and Experience

 At least a Masters Degree in Journalism, Humanities (majoring in English or
Drama), Communication and Cultural Studies from an accredited institution of
higher learning;

 Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher
learning; and

 At least five (5) years of work experience in a relevant field at a senior managerial
position of a reputable public or private institution.

Terms and Conditions of service

MBC shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to successful candidates in accordance with its emolument structure (commensurate with qualifications and experience) which includes salary, medical insurance, and membership to 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 21 October 2022 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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