Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included. See notes on negotiating rates and *find a freelance

The NUJ has long negotiated an annual agreement with the Commercial Radio Companies Association (CRCA) - renamed in 2007 The Radio Centre..

These rates represent the minima freelances should be paid when working for members of CRCA. The CRCA mainly represents the larger groups, including Capital/GWR, EMAP, Chrysalis and Scottish Radio Holdings. Freelances should try to negotiate with the most senior manager who can be found - who may not be based at the station they're actually working at.

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RATES:
Commercial radio

These rates are from the last agreement we have, uplifted by the same amount as BBC rates.

Shift (incl. reporting), day rate (between 4 and 8 hours) GBP 104.00
College student or leaver within 6 months of completing course: day rate (for a day or half-day's exclusive engagement) GBP 80.00
Ordered match report coverage (incl. previews, flashes and summaries) GBP 55.00
Shift (incl. reporting), half-day rate (up to 4 hours) GBP 52.00
News report (voice), first 2 min GBP 30.00
Ordered calls for running match reports GBP 19.05
Ordered calls for running match reports GBP 19.05
Tip-off (supplied and used) GBP 12.00
News report copy, ordered or submitted and broadcast (per item) GBP 11.00
News report (voice), per extra minute GBP 10.00
Match results report only GBP 4.49

Notes:

  • Payments for a classified results service should be negotiated.
Agreements
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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. Comments to ffg@londonfreelance.org please. You may find the glossary helpful.

The National Union of Journalists must not, can not and would not wish to dictate rates or terms of engagement to members or to editors. The information presented here is for guidance and as an aid to equitable negotiation only.

Suggestions apply to contracts governed by UK law only. In any event, nothing here should be construed as legal advice.