[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Broadcasting / news

Updated: 2018-09-21

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

Broadcasting / news

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* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Adam Boulton Show on Sky punditry _NI 2016 GBP 200.00
AJ Investigates (Al Jazeera) Retainer per month 2017 GBP 400.00
From Our Own Correspondent radio item 600-700 words (compare house agreement: website copy £175 up to 800 words) _BBC 2013 GBP 160.00 X
Inside Out producer, per week _BBC 2013 GBP 800.00
Inside Story Punditry - 25 mins including car pick up 1.5 hours 2012 GBP 250.00 GR
IRN football match reports _IRN 2006 GBP 35.00 XXXX
Newsnight punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 150.00
Newsnight expert/pundit appearance, prod/exes 1.5 mins took 1.5 hours (car paid) _BBC 2009 GBP 75.00 X
Newsnight expert/pundit appearance _BBC 2009 GBP 90.00
North West Tonight (BBC Regional News Prog) Broadcast Journalist (Planning) day _BBC 2003 GBP 70.00 XXXX
Sky News punditry _NI 2016 GBP 150.00
Sky News punditry - standing in a field and blathering for about 15 mins transport offerd, but our member was already in the field _NI 2016 GBP 200.00
The Ferret (ITV Wales) reporting day not taxed at source, plus exes (meagre) _ITV 2013 GBP 374.00
You and Yours reporting day expenses paid _BBC 2017 GBP 150.00
Al Jazeera video online: 1 min 30 sec of edited live news footage 2010 EUR 300.00
Al Jazeera English Documentary - 25 minutes, 5 weeks' work 2014 GBP 6000.00 ?
Al Jazeera English Documentary - 25 minutes, 5 weeks' work 2014 GBP 6000.00 ?
Al Jazeera TV Reporter day shift on contract (so includes time off element) 2012 GBP 337.50 O
Al Jazeera TV (English) punditry , terms "rubbish" 2013 GBP 225.00
Associated Press 1 minute footage on-spec 24-hour worldwide licence, 50/50 library licence _AP 2017 GBP 360.00 GR O
Associated Press video day _AP 2017 GBP 400.00 GR
BBC news copy, used on TV, radio and web FBS _BBC 2004 GBP 10.00 XXXX
BBC Newsnight punditry - "we don't pa" but they will pay a beautifully-named "disturbance fee": transport provided _BBC 2016 GBP 75.00
BBC news reporting day _BBC 2013 GBP 280.00
BBC News newspapers review - pundit appearance _BBC 2010 GBP 150.00
BBC news pundit appearance - unlike C4 News, involved no lawyer discussion _BBC 2004 GBP 75.00 X
BBC News Channel 5-min expert pundit TV interview _BBC 2015 GBP 75.00 GR
BBC Northern Ireland punditry on phone (radio) _BBC 2013 GBP 75.00
BBC One Breakfast 5 minute live punditry 2007 GBP 50.00
BBC radio interview 2014 GBP 118.00
BBC radio report 2014 GBP 300.00
BBC radio punditry on phone (radio) _BBC 2013 GBP 30.00 X
BBC radio 2 mins pundit 2-way with presenters _BBC 2003 GBP 34.00 XX
BBC radio reporting day _BBC 2003 GBP 120.00
BBC radio 3-minute package _BBC 2003 GBP 200.00
BBC Radio 3 freelance radio presenter _BBC 2014 GBP 550.00
BBC Radio 4 expert interviews / punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 120.00 O
BBC Radio 4 pundit interview for radio documentary _BBC 2013 GBP 80.00
BBC Radio 4 30 seconds of rare audio _BBC 2010 GBP 100.00
BBC Radio 4 editing day _BBC 2005 GBP 250.00
BBC Radio 4 6-minute feature paid as 1.5 days _BBC 2003 GBP 325.00
BBC Radio 5 review of papers _BBC 2003 GBP 100.00
BBC Radio 5 pundit interview _BBC 2003 GBP 50.00
BBC Radio 5 pundit interview, under 5mins _BBC 2003 GBP 29.00 XXX
BBC Radio 5 Live 5 minutes broadcast from Belgium-Wales gamme in World Cup _BBC 2015 GBP 30.00 XXX
BBC Radio 5 Live 3 minutes talking about Belgium (World Cup punditry) _BBC 2015 GBP 100.00
BBC Radio 6music pundit spot _BBC 2013 GBP 75.00
BBC radio features new minimum agreed rate _BBC 2005 GBP 260.96 HA
BBC radio features new agreed rate per minute after the minimum _BBC 2005 GBP 37.28 HA
BBC Radio Five Live live telephone two-way from scene of story no exes _BBC 2001 GBP 29.00
BBC TV and radio punditry in studio _BBC 2013 GBP 75.00 X
BBC TV and radio punditry in studio _BBC 2013 GBP 100.00
BBC TV doc Punditry - expert interview took two hours _BBC 2014 GBP 250.00
BBC TV doc Punditry - expert interview took two hours _BBC 2014 GBP 250.00
BBC TV News channel Pundit/expert interview in studio, supposed to be three mins, became 10 _BBC 2015 GBP 75.00 X
BBC TV/radio News and current affairs reporting shift - 12hrs _BBC 2000 GBP 180.00
BBC TV/radio News and current affairs reporting shift - 8hrs _BBC 2000 GBP 140.00
BBC Wales punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 40.00
BBC World Service punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 80.00
BBC World Service day of unspecified work _BBC 2016 GBP 180.00
BBC World Service punditry, 30 mins in studio _BBC 2014 GBP 100.00
BBC World Service punditry, 30 mins in studio _BBC 2014 GBP 100.00
BBC World Service writing and recording for From Our Own Correspondent item all rights _BBC 2013 GBP 141.00 XXXX
BBC World Service 10.5-hour shift _BBC 2005 GBP 157.50
BBC World Service 9-hour shift _BBC 2003 GBP 157.50
BBC World Service pundit interview _BBC 2003 GBP 31.00
BBC World Service pundit interview, under 5mins _BBC 2003 GBP 90.00
Brazilian radio station daily 1-minute international news bulletin 2013 GBP 250.00
Channel 4 News punditry - expert interview _ITN 2012 GBP 60.00 X
Channel 4 News reporting day _ITN 2011 GBP 136.00
Channel 4 News 3 minutes of footage _ITN 2006 GBP 350.00
Channel 4 news exclusive appearance - involved 1.5 hours discussion with lawyer _ITN 2004 GBP 50.00 XXX
Channel 4 News pundit interview _ITN 2004 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Channel 4 News Assistance with news item. _ITN 2000 GBP 100.00 X
Channel 5 News appearance on evening news bulletin as pundit (music) _ITN 2008 GBP 75.00 X
Channel Five TV Your News video: made 13 minutes of video which they edited down to one or two minutes; used on TV & web site _BSkyB 2009 GBP 100.00 XXXX
CNBC producing day _NBC 2013 GBP 230.00
CNN news copy-editing, writing, producing day _AOLTW 2004 GBP 160.00 GR
Colourful Radio day researching stories and guests, booking guests, writing scripts, putting programme together, operating production desk - invoices submitted on last day of each month, cheque promised for 6th Month but was always late. 2006 GBP 65.00 XXXX
DW-Radio (Germany) 6 minute radio feature 2012 EUR 227.00
Factual radio magazine programme presenting, scripting + interviewing an 18-minute radio programme all rights _BBC 2013 GBP 367.00 GR
From Our Own Correspondent broadcast contribution - up £5 on 2007! _BBC 2008 GBP 125.00
GMTV news editor - bulletins, per day _GMTV 2004 GBP 220.00 X
GMTV news news producer overnight shift _GMTV 2002 GBP 178.00
Heart FM (London) (Global Radio Ltd) news presenting day (8 hours) 2014 GBP 120.00 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme two-person shoot, per day 2002 GBP 400.00 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme one-person shoot, per day 2002 GBP 250.00 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme research, per day 2002 GBP 100.00 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme archive footage, per minute 2002 GBP 300.00 X
Independent radio production company (anon) punditry, 30 mins in studio 2014 GBP 100.00
Independent radio production company (anon) punditry, 30 mins in studio 2014 GBP 100.00
IRN News reporting, editing, scripting and voicing self produced packages in an 8hr shift. _IRN 2006 GBP 92.00 GR
ITN pundit interview about the papal election: called at 12:00 for an interview at 13.30: member refused _ITN 2005 GBP 0.00 XXXX
ITV Daybreak appearing and giving opinions as a psychologist on various topics travel expenses only paid _ITV 2017 GBP 0.00 XXXX
ITV National News (ITN) reporting day, food expenses paid, surely per hour _ITN 2013 GBP 20.00
ITV News reporting day not taxed at source, plus exes (meagre) _ITV 2013 GBP 374.00 O
ITV News (national) 10 hour reporting shift _ITN 2009 GBP 180.00
Major UK broadcaster producing a series of programmes, per week, negotiated up from £1200 per week , terms Plus expenses 2015 GBP 1400.00
Mark Thomas Product Channel 4 archive images 2 UK transmissions, per minute 2001 GBP 400.00
More4 News Investigation, video package _ITN 2012 GBP 2000.00 ?
MP3TV shift 2001 GBP 200.00
Music documentary use of interview audio, per minute 2014 GBP 500.00 GR
Music documentary use of interview audio, minimum per minute (according to music journalists' discussions) 2014 GBP 250.00
Music documentary use of interview audio, per minute 2014 GBP 500.00 GR
Music documentary use of interview audio, minimum per minute (according to music journalists' discussions) 2014 GBP 250.00
Newsnight Punditry spot - "disturbance fee" _BBC 2016 GBP 75.00 X
Nieuwslijn - Radio Netherlands Worldwide editor radio, per shift 8 hours 2009 EUR 239.06 GR X
Online video site full day (up to 10 hours) exclusive 2017 GBP 300.00 0
Online video site half day in London exclusive, travel paid 2017 GBP 200.00
Online video site half day outside London exclusive, travel paid 2017 GBP 250.00
Premier Christian Radio news presenting day (8 hours) 2014 GBP 96.00 GR X
Radio 5 live quick phone interview on news event - punditry no terms mentioned _BBC 2017 GBP 30.00 X
Radio 5 Live 5-minute live pundit spot _BBC 2005 GBP 50.00 XX
Radio Canada item _CBC 2005 GBP 700.00
Radio Canada retainer? _CBC 2004 GBP 700.00
Radio France "On the Spot" radio documentaries creating a 4 minute radio documentary program (pitching, writing, recording, editing). Ideally 1 full day of work, realistically 1.5 to 2 days of work; expenses paid for travel outside of city limits only. 2015 EUR 80.00 GR X
Radio France International (France) 3.5-4 minute radio feature 2012 EUR 124.00
Record companies (various) Video pop/rock star PR interviews for EPKs (Electronic Press Kits) - highest of various rates over recent years all rights 2014 GBP 5000.00 O
Record companies (various) Video pop/rock star PR interviews for EPKs (Electronic Press Kits) - highest of various rates over recent years all rights 2014 GBP 5000.00 O
RT news skype piece 2-way 10 mins skype interview journalist says First British Serial rights 2016 GBP 50.00
RTE News London day - 2 news packages + exes _RTE 2002 GBP 120.00 XX
RTE News London pundit interview _RTE 2002 GBP 40.00 XX
RTE Radio 1 17 seconds of audio lifted from a video, then invoiced _RTE 2010 EUR 150.00
RTE Six-One News (TV) Live correspondent two-way, in studio, from abroad _RTE 2016 EUR 60.00 XXX
RTE World Report audio report from abroad, 4 min , terms not discussed, no exes _RTE 2009 EUR 120.00 X
ruptly.tv shoot video for about an hour, two interviews, rough edit, file via ftp - probably two or three hours total all rights 2014 GBP 200.00 XX
ruptly.tv shoot video for about an hour, two interviews, rough edit, file via ftp - probably two or three hours total all rights 2014 GBP 200.00 XX
SBS (Australia's Special Broadcasting Service?) Feature documentary - 10 weeks per week 2014 GBP 850.00 O
SBS (Australia's Special Broadcasting Service?) Feature documentary - 10 weeks per week 2014 GBP 850.00 O
Sky pundit interview _NI 2003 GBP 75.00
Sky Digital 1-hour health report _NI 2005 GBP 250.00 XX
Sky news Newspaper Review - _NI 2018 GBP 150.00
Sky news editing / subbing / reporting / newsreading day _NI 2018 GBP 160.00
Sky news presenting shift - _NI 2018 GBP 350.00
Sky News 15-20-minute pundit interview, taxi to and from laid on 2017 GBP 120.00
Sky News punditry spot _NI 2016 GBP 150.00
Sky News 11-hour overnight producing day/night _BSkyB 2013 GBP 240.00
Sky News Presenting through limited company _NI 2012 GBP 350.00
Sky News being interviewed about the papacy and the papal election _NI 2005 GBP 75.00 GR
Sky News Short expert/'pundit' spot on screen _NI 2002 GBP 75.00
Sky News assistant news editor, 12-hr day shift _NI 2002 GBP 180.00
Sky News assistant news editor, 12-hr night shift _NI 2002 GBP 200.00
Sky News Short expert/'pundit' spot on screen _NI 2002 GBP 75.00
Sky news subbing day _NI 1993 GBP 150.00
Sky news research day _NI 1993 GBP 150.00
Sky News (London HQ) on-screen newsreader, 8-hr day _NI 2013 GBP 250.00 GR XX
Sky News foreign desk producing day, abroad _NI 2007 GBP 250.00 O
Sky News Radio Editing / subbing / reporting / newsreading day _BSkyB 2008 GBP 127.50 GR
Sky Radio news report _NI 1993 GBP 150.00
Sky Sports News presenting paid gross for 4 hours _NI 2013 GBP 300.00 GR O
South Bank Centre Podcast: 15-minute talk _HMG 2014 GBP 122.00
South Bank Centre Podcast: 15-minute talk _HMG 2014 GBP 122.00
Sunday politics regional opt out Expert/pundit interview to camera - 2 hours to airport (location) and back plus travel expenses £60 BBC all rights _BBC 2017 GBP 80.00
Sunrise (Sky News) newspapers review pundit appearance _BSkyB 2010 GBP 150.00
Tonight research story (day) _Granada 2002 GBP 150.00
Unnamed broadcaster Punditry spot. Talked up to travel expenses plus _BBC 2016 GBP 200.00
US film company day reporting to camera 2001 GBP 250.00
US TV news per story - 2018 USD 150.00 X
Video packages 2 video packages , plus exes _AFP 2012 GBP 200.00 XXXX
Weekly programme on BBC World News producing a weekly TV news magazine buyout per programme, nominally 2.5 days work per week _BBC 2013 GBP 800.00
ZDF TV production day shift including VAT 2011 GBP 240.00
 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

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