Broadcast Media Translator (Urdu to English)

Content and Media Policy Group
Salary Details
Job Type
Full Time - Fixed Term Contract
Job Level
Contract Duration
6 months
Closing Date

About the Job

We are looking for a self-starting fluent English speaker to watch and listen to TV and radio programmes broadcast in Urdu and translate the content into English.


It would be desirable, but not essential, if the successful candidate could also translate programmes broadcast in Modern Standard (“MS”) Arabic, North African (“NA”) Arabic and/or Punjabi into English as well.


What you’ll be doing


Based in Ofcom’s London office, and working within Ofcom’s Content, Standards, Licensing and Enforcement (“CSLE”) Team, the successful candidate will be required to provide translations of Urdu (and preferably also MS Arabic, NA Arabic and/or Punjabi) programmes, broadcast on TV and radio. This is to assist the CSLE Team in assessing and investigating whether programmes comply with Ofcom’s rules in areas such as: harm and offence; due impartiality; commercial references; and incitement to crime.


It would also be helpful if the successful candidate has experience of working in broadcasting or journalism and a keen interest in news and current affairs would be preferable.


This post is for an initial six month fixed-term contract and depending on the successful candidate’s performance, there will be an option to extend the term of engagement or for the role to become permanent.

What you will be doing

  • Producing accurate, written word-for-word translations into English of content broadcast in programmes on TV and radio channels in Urdu (and if possible MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi).
  • Producing accurate, written summaries in English of content, which identifies potential issues that Ofcom may wish to investigate.
  • Ensuring all work is completed to an appropriately high standard with minimal supervision (e.g. all assigned translation work is proof checked). 
  • Working as part of a team effectively and in a collaborative manner. Contributing fully in all group meetings/discussions.  
  • Providing in an impartial manner up to date cultural, political, religious background to programmes broadcast in Urdu (and MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi) on TV and radio channels. 
  • Occasionally acting as an interpreter at meetings with broadcasters who speak Urdu (and MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi). 
  • Gaining knowledge and understanding of Ofcom’s rules and procedures, including the Broadcasting Code. 
  • Assisting generally with Ofcom’s assessments and investigations into possible breaches of the Broadcasting Code, with a focus on those channels that broadcast in Urdu (and MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi), identifying potentially difficult or sensitive issues, escalating in a timely way, as necessary;

Essential Skills / Experience

  • Fluency (both spoken and written) in English and Urdu (and if possible, MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi). 
  • Previous experience of providing high-quality professional translation services from Urdu (and MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi) into English. 
  • Capacity to take ownership of a range of translation tasks, demonstrating initiative and ability to manage work with agility under pressure and to tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to complete all translation work in an effective and timely fashion.  
  • Ability to analyse and summarise information and arguments quickly, accurately and effectively 
  • Ability to work independently and quickly to produce high quality work requiring minimal oversight or correction. 
  • Ability to communicate confidently and knowledgeably in English to colleagues and a range of different stakeholders as necessary. 
  • Demonstrates a very high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates Ofcom’s values of agility, collaboration, empowerment and excellence.


Desirable Skills / Experience


  • Fluency (both spoken and written) in MS Arabic, NA Arabic and Punjabi. 
  • Experience of working in broadcasting and/or journalism, or an interest in media and current affairs.
  • Prior regulatory experience, or experience, of handling and reaching decisions on complaints.


A formal language, translation and/or interpreting qualification or equivalent experience.

Further Information

Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package.                                   


Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer and committed to equality of opportunity for all. As an accredited Two Ticks employer disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria of a job description will be guaranteed an interview. If you have a disability or special need and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please do so by contacting Recruitment@ofcom.org.uk or calling us on 020 7783 4050.


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