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Friday, 2 October 2015

New 'per minute' rates from MCPS for UK TV

From distributions this month,  the UK's mechanical rights collection society, the MCPS, will be updating the ‘per minute’ rates for music broadcast on ITV1, BBC1 and BBC2, both regionally and nationally.  The total revenues that will be collected and distributed remain the same, but the change is in the way revenues are allocated to members.

The current process means a flat ‘per minute’ rate is used to calculate the royalty for music licensed for both UK-wide and regional programming (e.g. National news is UK-wide, local news is specific to an individual region). The MCPS rightly point out that this method does not recognise regional differences in audience size or the amount of music that is used in each region.  The collection society says that the update "will introduce a fairer way of distributing broadcast royalties. The amount [your] royalties will increase or decrease will depend on where your music is used. Based on our analysis, the difference will be less than £50 per year for approximately 83 percent of those who see a change."

The table below shows the current and estimated new ‘per minute’ rate paid if your musical work is used across the entire BBC or ITV network.

BroadcasterCurrent Peak rate(£/min)Peak rate from October 2015 dist.  (£/min)*
ITV1 Network£5.30£28.10
BBC1 Network£45.27£58.23
BBC2 Network£10.73£12.69
*Forecast based on current ‘per minute’ rates

While the network rate has increased, the ‘per minute’ rate for an individual region has now decreased to reflect actual audience size and music usage. Please see the table below for the estimated new regional rates: 

BroadcasterCurrent Peak rate(£/min)Peak rate from October 2015 dist.  (£/min)*
BBC1 Channel Islands
£45.27
£0.14
BBC1 East (Norwich)
£45.27
£3.84
BBC1 East Midlands (Nottingham)
£45.27
£1.84
BBC1 Hull
£45.27
£4.91
BBC1 London
£45.27
£6.84
BBC1 North (Leeds)
£45.27
£4.91
BBC1 North East (Newcastle)
£45.27
£2.77
BBC1 North West (Manchester)
£45.27
£5.26
BBC1 Northern Ireland
£45.27
£1.15
BBC1 Oxford
£45.27
£1.49
BBC1 Scotland
£45.27
£5.37
BBC1 South (Southampton)
£45.27
£4.19
BBC1 South East (Tunbridge Wells)
£45.27
£2.31
BBC1 South West (Plymouth)
£45.27
£2.41
BBC1 Wales
£45.27
£3.87
BBC1 West (Bristol)
£45.27
£2.20
BBC1 West Midlands (Birmingham)
£45.27
£4.73
BBC2 England
£10.73
£10.48
BBC2 Northern Ireland
£10.73
£0.23
BBC2 Scotland
£10.73
£1.17
BBC2 Wales
£10.73
£0.81
ITV1 Anglia
£5.30
£1.95
ITV1 Border
£5.30
£0.87
ITV1 London (Carlton/LWT)
£5.30
£3.47
ITV1 Central
£5.30
£4.04
ITV1 Channel
£5.30
£0.05
ITV1 STV North (Formerly GRAMPIAN)
£5.30
£0.69
ITV1 STV Central (Formerly STV)
£5.30
£2.01
ITV1 Granada
£5.30
£4.60
ITV1 Cymru Wales (Formerly HTV)
£5.30
£3.03
ITV1 Meridian
£5.30
£2.37
ITV1 Tyne Tees
£5.30
£2.05
ITV1 UTV (Formerly ULSTER)
£5.30
£1.40
*Forecast based on current ‘per minute’ rates


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