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Photography / Broadcasting

Exclusive news pictures could command four-figure transmission fees, but even ordinary stock pictures could be worth a few hundred pounds if used in a programme broadcast with repeats in the UK, and then broadcast in other territories. It is essential that photographers keep a precise record of the agreement for the initial licence...

Note that these rates do not include production charges!

The suggested rates

* Read me first!  Photography / Broadcasting: advice

* See also: notes on negotiating rates for this work

* See also: reported rates, to compare: Photography / Broadcasting

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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.

RATES: Commissions
Bigger-budget clients: per day GBP 478.50
At least: per day GBP 302.50


RATES: Stock pictures: transmission time
Single transmission - up to 10 seconds GBP 121.00
Single transmission - 4 seconds GBP 93.50


  • Photographers should charge extra if a picture is shown for over 10 seconds and for multiple transmission - see Photography / Broadcasting advice.
  • Contributors of stock pictures to the BBC may be offered the TELPIC agreement covering multiple future use - see the direct link above.
  • See the "Reported rates" linked above for what the BBC picture library charges other broadcasters for use of stills
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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. The collection (database right) © National Union of Journalists. Comments to 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.