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Broadcasting / Programme support

Broadcasting organisations, such as the BBC or Channel 4, often produce information-packed factsheets, glossy publications and web material to support their programmes.

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Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included.
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RATES: Editorial
Programme support
Editing/sub-editing, per 1000 words GBP 275.00
Project management/day GBP 220.00
Website design/day GBP 220.00
Editorial consultancy/day GBP 215.00
Editing/sub-editing: per day GBP 200.00
RATES: Writing and research
Programme support
Writing or reporting per 1000 words GBP 285.00
Writing or reporting per day GBP 180.00


  • Broadcasting organisations often attempt to impose contracts that demand all rights and which may also impose further conditions, such as wide liabilities. The NUJ is resisting these and recommends that everyone always read all contracts carefully. See Notes on negotiating rates for Broadcasting / Programme support - and members of the NUJ should seek advice on such contracts from the Freelance Office if necessary.
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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.