Fee rises for radio and TV writers

WGGB has secured 2% rates rises for writers working under the union’s ITV and BBC radio drama agreements.

The ITV uplift in minimum fees is backdated to 1 November 2018 and sees the rate for an original teleplay rise to £14,061 per hour slot length. Series and serials rise to £11,004 per hour slot length while long-running series rise to £3,668 per half-hour slot length.

In radio drama, the minimum fees for non-established writers for two transmissions rises to £65.85 while the established writers’ rate for two transmissions is now £99.32 (backdated to 1 November 2018), plus uplifts in minimums for Archers writers, for short stories and abridgements. The new podcast rates have also increased. This is on top of a 2% pay rise in August 2018.

WGGB has also negotiated a new podcast deal for writers under its BBC radio drama agreement – introduced in August 2018. An updated version of the Radio Drama Agreement (RDA) will be published soon.

WGGB General Secretary Ellie Peers said: “WGGB continues to do what is has always done – secure regular rates rises for the highly creative, talented and hard-working writers we represent, while at the same time breaking new ground. We will continue to stay one step ahead of the game to make sure all writers are protected in a rapidly changing and challenging media landscape.”

WGGB Chair Gail Renard said: “The WGGB remains proud of what we do for our members. We remain unique.”

View both rate cards in the rates and agreements section of our website.