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

In July, 1997, Government instituted a commercial oriented station under MBC called Radio 2FM and in February of 2000, MBC established the Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) as an arm of MBC to provide a platform for community generated participative content. On 1st July of 2010 Government also directed that Malawi Television Limited be part of MBC as the license for MBC enabled it to operate a television service in addition to Radio services. Following the said directive, MBC and Television Malawi Limited (TVM) were merged into one entity in order to provide public radio and television services efficiently and effectively.

Currently under the Communications Act, 2016, MBC is a public broadcasting services licensee mandated by an Act of Parliament 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 for human rights, the rule of law, and the Constitution through objective, professional and independent programming befitting a PSB. Therefore, the duties and functions of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation is to provide public broadcasting services throughout Malawi and perform such undertakings and provide such other services as are conducive to the exercise of the functions and fulfilment of the service obligations specified in the 2016 Communications Act, or as are ordinarily within the functions of a public broadcasting service.

In order to fulfil its revised mandate effectively and efficiently with a strategic leadership and management, an excellent and rare opportunity has arisen to engage qualified persons of Malawian origin to fill an Executive Management positions of;Director of News And Programmes


The Board of Directors of MBC therefore invites applications from suitable candidates to fill these strategic positions on a three (3) year employment contract.

These are highly demanding positions that require persons who have demonstrable capacity to initiate operational, human resource management and administrative innovations geared at making MBC a rejuvenated, vibrant and competitive Corporation.

DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND PROGRAMMES

 Purpose of the Position

Forming part of the Executive Management and reporting to the Director General, the Director of News and Programmes will be responsible for the Corporation’s News and Programming and oversee the development and broadcasting of content that is attractive, appealing and relevant in compliance with licensee obligations.

 Key Responsibility and Duties

The following are the key duties and responsibilities of the Director of News and Programmes:

  •  Managing, supporting and providing leadership to the News and Programmes directorate team;
  •  Developing and implementing policies , standards and procedures for the news and programmes production work performed in the  department;
  •  Directing the activities of the news staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events, select reporter for coverage;
  •  Serving as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner;
  •  Responsible for the journalistic integrity of all station platforms;
  •  Managing the news and programmes department budget, including annual planning and monitoring;
  •  Defining and maintaining ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards for broadcast news and other programmes;
  •  Work in close relationship with the Director of Commercial Services to ensure MBC remains number one advertising platform;
  •  Advising the Director General on News and Programmes matters; and
  •  Carry out other tasks as required by the dynamic nature of broadcasting in the 21st century.
 Required Academic and Professional Qualifications and Experience

  •  A Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in either Journalism or Mass Communication or Media Studies.
  •  Minimum of seven (7) years proven managerial experience at increasing level of seniority and responsibility.

 Requisite Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  •  Excellent knowledge in news and programme
  • broadcasting;
  •  Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team of
  • professionals;
  •  Strong analytical skills;
  •  Strong organizational skills, versatility, ability to
  • multi-task and meet deadlines;
  •  Excellent communication skillsin oral and written;
  • and
  •  Mature and good communicator with adequate
  • negotiating skills.

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 Medical Scheme.

 METHOD OF APPLICATION

Candidates should submit their applications with an up- to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV); Names and Contacts of

Three Traceable Referees; Copies of certificates by 16th February, 2020 to:

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations,

Department of Statutory Corporations,

P.O. Box 30061,

LILONGWE 3


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