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

Updated: 15 March 2017

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" 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

Completists may want to see a few older rates. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Adam Boulton Show on Sky punditry _NI 2016 GBP 200
From Our Own Correspondent radio item 600-700 words (compare house agreement: website copy £175 up to 800 words) _BBC 2013 GBP 160 X
Inside Out producer, per week _BBC 2013 GBP 800
Inside Story Punditry - 25 mins including car pick up 1.5 hours 2012 GBP 250 GR
IRN football match reports _IRN 2006 GBP 35 XXXX
Newsnight punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 150
Newsnight expert/pundit appearance _BBC 2009 GBP 90
Newsnight expert/pundit appearance, prod/exes 1.5 mins took 1.5 hours (car paid) _BBC 2009 GBP 75 X
North West Tonight (BBC Regional News Prog) Broadcast Journalist (Planning) day _BBC 2003 GBP 70 0 XXXX
Sky News punditry _NI 2016 GBP 150
The Ferret (ITV Wales) reporting day not taxed at source, plus exes (meagre) _ITV 2013 GBP 374
Al Jazeera video online: 1 min 30 sec of edited live news footage 2010 EUR 300
Al Jazeera English Documentary - 25 minutes, 5 weeks' work 2014 GBP 6000 ?
Al Jazeera English Documentary - 25 minutes, 5 weeks' work 2014 GBP 6000 ?
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
BBC news copy, used on TV, radio and web FBS _BBC 2004 GBP 10 XXXX
BBC Newsnight punditry - "we don't pa" but they will pay a beautifully-named "disturbance fee": transport provided _BBC 2016 GBP 75
BBC news reporting day _BBC 2013 GBP 280
BBC News newspapers review - pundit appearance _BBC 2010 GBP 150
BBC news pundit appearance - unlike C4 News, involved no lawyer discussion _BBC 2004 GBP 75 X
BBC News Channel 5-min expert pundit TV interview _BBC 2015 GBP 75 GR
BBC Northern Ireland punditry on phone (radio) _BBC 2013 GBP 75
BBC One Breakfast 5 minute live punditry 2007 GBP 50
BBC radio interview 2014 GBP 118
BBC radio report 2014 GBP 300
BBC radio 3-minute package _BBC 2003 GBP 200
BBC radio 2 mins pundit 2-way with presenters _BBC 2003 GBP 34 XX
BBC radio reporting day _BBC 2003 GBP 120
BBC radio punditry on phone (radio) _BBC 2013 GBP 30 X
BBC Radio 3 freelance radio presenter _BBC 2014 GBP 400 150
BBC Radio 4 30 seconds of rare audio _BBC 2010 GBP 100
BBC Radio 4 editing day _BBC 2005 GBP 250
BBC Radio 4 6-minute feature paid as 1.5 days _BBC 2003 GBP 325
BBC Radio 4 expert interviews / punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 120 O
BBC Radio 4 pundit interview for radio documentary _BBC 2013 GBP 80
BBC Radio 5 review of papers _BBC 2003 GBP 100
BBC Radio 5 pundit interview _BBC 2003 GBP 50
BBC Radio 5 pundit interview, under 5mins _BBC 2003 GBP 29 XXX
BBC Radio 5 Live 3 minutes talking about Belgium (World Cup punditry) _BBC 2015 GBP 100
BBC Radio 5 Live 5 minutes broadcast from Belgium-Wales gamme in World Cup _BBC 2015 GBP 30 XXX
BBC Radio 6music pundit spot _BBC 2013 GBP 75
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
BBC TV and radio punditry in studio _BBC 2013 GBP 75 X
BBC TV and radio punditry in studio _BBC 2013 GBP 100
BBC TV doc Punditry - expert interview took two hours _BBC 2014 GBP 250
BBC TV doc Punditry - expert interview took two hours _BBC 2014 GBP 250
BBC TV News channel Pundit/expert interview in studio, supposed to be three mins, became 10 _BBC 2015 GBP 75 X
BBC TV/radio News and current affairs reporting shift - 8hrs _BBC 2000 GBP 140 -
BBC TV/radio News and current affairs reporting shift - 12hrs _BBC 2000 GBP 180 -
BBC Wales punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 40
BBC World Service punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 80
BBC World Service day of unspecified work _BBC 2016 GBP 180
BBC World Service punditry, 30 mins in studio _BBC 2014 GBP 100
BBC World Service punditry, 30 mins in studio _BBC 2014 GBP 100
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
BBC World Service pundit interview, under 5mins _BBC 2003 GBP 90
BBC World Service writing and recording for From Our Own Correspondent item all rights _BBC 2013 GBP 141 0 XXXX
Brazilian radio station daily 1-minute international news bulletin 2013 GBP 250
Channel 4 News punditry - expert interview _ITN 2012 GBP 60 X
Channel 4 News reporting day _ITN 2011 GBP 136
Channel 4 News 3 minutes of footage _ITN 2006 GBP 350
Channel 4 news exclusive appearance - involved 1.5 hours discussion with lawyer _ITN 2004 GBP 50 XXX
Channel 4 News pundit interview _ITN 2004 GBP 0 XXXX
Channel 4 News Assistance with news item. _ITN 2000 GBP 100 X
Channel 5 News appearance on evening news bulletin as pundit (music) _ITN 2008 GBP 75 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 XXXX
CNBC producing day _NBC 2013 GBP 230
CNN news copy-editing, writing, producing day _AOLTW 2004 GBP 160 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 0 XXXX
DW-Radio (Germany) 6 minute radio feature 2012 EUR 227
Factual radio magazine programme presenting, scripting + interviewing an 18-minute radio programme all rights _BBC 2013 GBP 367 0 GR
From Our Own Correspondent broadcast contribution - up £5 on 2007! _BBC 2008 GBP 125
GMTV news editor - bulletins, per day _GMTV 2004 GBP 220 X
GMTV news news producer overnight shift _GMTV 2002 GBP 178
Heart FM (London) (Global Radio Ltd) news presenting day (8 hours) 2014 GBP 120 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme two-person shoot, per day 2002 GBP 400 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme one-person shoot, per day 2002 GBP 250 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme archive footage, per minute 2002 GBP 300 X
Ideal World Productions offered indies for BBC programme research, per day 2002 GBP 100 X
Independent radio production company (anon) punditry, 30 mins in studio 2014 GBP 100
Independent radio production company (anon) punditry, 30 mins in studio 2014 GBP 100
IRN News reporting, editing, scripting and voicing self produced packages in an 8hr shift. _IRN 2006 GBP 92 GR
ITN pundit interview about the papal election: called at 12:00 for an interview at 13.30: member refused _ITN 2005 GBP 0 XXXX
ITV National News (ITN) reporting day, food expenses paid, surely per hour _ITN 2013 GBP 20
ITV News reporting day not taxed at source, plus exes (meagre) _ITV 2013 GBP 374 O
ITV News (national) 10 hour reporting shift _ITN 2009 GBP 180
Major UK broadcaster producing a series of programmes, per week, negotiated up from £1200 per week , terms Plus expenses 2015 GBP 1400 0
Mark Thomas Product Channel 4 archive images 2 UK transmissions, per minute 2001 GBP 400
More4 News Investigation, video package _ITN 2012 GBP 2000 ?
MP3TV shift 2001 GBP 200
Music documentary use of interview audio, minimum per minute (according to music journalists' discussions) 2014 GBP 250
Music documentary use of interview audio, per minute 2014 GBP 500 GR
Music documentary use of interview audio, minimum per minute (according to music journalists' discussions) 2014 GBP 250
Music documentary use of interview audio, per minute 2014 GBP 500 GR
Newsnight Punditry spot - "disturbance fee" _BBC 2016 GBP 75 X
Nieuwslijn - Radio Netherlands Worldwide editor radio, per shift 8 hours 2009 EUR 239.06 GR X
Premier Christian Radio news presenting day (8 hours) 2014 GBP 96 GR X
Radio 5 Live 5-minute live pundit spot _BBC 2005 GBP 50 XX
Radio Canada item _CBC 2005 GBP 700
Radio Canada retainer? _CBC 2004 GBP 700
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 GR X
Radio France International (France) 3.5-4 minute radio feature 2012 EUR 124
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 0 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 0 O
RT news skype piece 2-way 10 mins skype interview journalist says First British Serial rights 2016 GBP 50
RTE News London day - 2 news packages + exes _RTE 2002 GBP 120 XX
RTE News London pundit interview _RTE 2002 GBP 40 XX
RTE Radio 1 17 seconds of audio lifted from a video, then invoiced _RTE 2010 EUR 150
RTE Six-One News (TV) Live correspondent two-way, in studio, from abroad _RTE 2016 EUR 60 XXX
RTE World Report audio report from abroad, 4 min , terms not discussed, no exes _RTE 2009 EUR 120 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 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 XX
SBS (Australia's Special Broadcasting Service?) Feature documentary - 10 weeks per week 2014 GBP 850 O
SBS (Australia's Special Broadcasting Service?) Feature documentary - 10 weeks per week 2014 GBP 850 O
Sky pundit interview _NI 2003 GBP 75
Sky Digital 1-hour health report _NI 2005 GBP 250 XX
Sky News being interviewed about the papacy and the papal election _NI 2005 GBP 75 GR
Sky News Short expert/'pundit' spot on screen _NI 2002 GBP 75
Sky News assistant news editor, 12-hr night shift _NI 2002 GBP 200
Sky News assistant news editor, 12-hr day shift _NI 2002 GBP 180
Sky News Short expert/'pundit' spot on screen _NI 2002 GBP 75
Sky news subbing day _NI 1993 GBP 150 -
Sky news research day _NI 1993 GBP 150 -
Sky News punditry spot _NI 2016 GBP 150
Sky News 11-hour overnight producing day/night _BSkyB 2013 GBP 240
Sky News Presenting through limited company _NI 2012 GBP 350
Sky News (London HQ) on-screen newsreader, 8-hr day _NI 2013 GBP 250 GR XX
Sky News foreign desk producing day, abroad _NI 2007 GBP 250 O
Sky News Radio Editing/subbing/reporting/newsreading day _BSkyB 2008 GBP 127.50 GR
Sky Radio news report _NI 1993 GBP 150 -
Sky Sports News presenting paid gross for 4 hours _NI 2013 GBP 300 GR O
South Bank Centre Podcast: 15-minute talk _HMG 2014 GBP 122
South Bank Centre Podcast: 15-minute talk _HMG 2014 GBP 122
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
Sunrise (Sky News) newspapers review pundit appearance _BSkyB 2010 GBP 150
Tonight research story (day) _Granada 2002 GBP 150
US film company day reporting to camera 2001 GBP 250
Video packages 2 video packages , plus exes _AFP 2012 GBP 200 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 0
ZDF TV production day shift including VAT 2011 GBP 240

The above are the rates for Broadcasting / news notified by members up to 15 March 2017.

 
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¤
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O