Senior Specialist - Satellite Desk

Technology & Network Operations Doha, Qatar


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network


The Senior Specialist – Satellite Desk is responsible to manage and coordinate all transmissions for News and Programs. All bookings via satellite, IP, fiber, streaming etc. for live on-air production using a professional resource management and scheduling system.

You will also coordinate with relevant internal and external parties to ensure the smooth incoming of news feeds.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Receive and execute satellite booking requests from News editors, Interview and Program producers & coordinating with field crew & bureaus to ease flow of incoming news footage
  • Decide on the best route possible for news stories, interviews or live location feeds through satellite / fiber optic network  / IP Network
  • Deploy SNG and ENG crews & book broadcast facilities worldwide as and when required
  • Log all transmissions ( Live, pre rec, Bgan, tape etc.) in resource management and scheduling system, entering onsite coordination information, technical specifications and costs
  • Communicate with other network satellite desks to optimize usage of resources
  • Communicate with Newsdesk, MCR, Ingest on any transmission changes &  cost update
  • Trouble shoot in case of extension, cancellation, transmission failure
  • Negotiate and monitor provider’s rates

You will have:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in satellite booking role
  • Knowledge in satellite / fiber / IP Networks / international media providers
  • Knowledge in broadcasting industry / 24h news environment
  • Knowledge in scheduling system