Annual talks on BBC Talks

The NUJ and BBC have agreed a minimum day rate for reporting on radio, plus minimum rates for "Talks" - Script and Read and Script only. The major significance of this deal is that it paves the way for an annual review of rates.

From 1 September, the minimum rates are: £110 per day (eight-hour shift) and £55 per half day. The new minimum for scripting and reading a report is £20 per minute, and for scripting only £15.50 per minute. The minimum payment for both kinds of report is for two minutes.

Journalists already on higher rates will be unaffected by the minima. The rates will be negotiatied annually.

Freelance organiser John Toner said: "It took 18 months to negotiate this. We always wish rates were higher than they are, but what is important is that the BBC recognises the NUJ (with Writers' Guild and Society of Authors) for the purposes of negotiating on these rates annually.

"It is also important to remember that the rates are minima. We always recommend members to try to negotiate above the minima."

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