Pay rise for BBC screenwriters

Writers on BBC TV shows are to receive a 1% rise on minimum rates, thanks to the work of WGGB negotiators. The changes are effective from 17 December 2020.

The minimum rate for a teleplay rises to £12,540 per 60-minute slot; while the minimum for series/serials is now £11,520 per hour. Dramas rise to £8,340 per hour, and the 1% uplift also applies to adaptations, educational drama and sketches (view the full rate card here).

WGGB General Secretary Ellie Peers said: “In such challenging times, against a backdrop of lockdown, pay freezes, job losses and industry uncertainty, I am pleased to be able to announce this piece of good news.

“We will continue to work hard on behalf of writers in all the craft areas we represent, through our negotiations with employers, and our campaigning and lobbying work.”

WGGB’s trade union collective agreements with the BBC are negotiated in co-operation with the Personal Managers’ Association (PMA), representing writers’ agents.