Receive broadcast royalties? You’ll want to read this

We’re changing the way you see broadcast and public reception royalties on your statement.

Did you know your broadcast (TV and radio) and public reception royalties are combined and shown as one payment on your statements? From July 2020 we’ll be splitting these out. The amount of royalties you receive won’t change, only the way they’ll appear on statements. This change only affects PRS royalties, not MCPS.

What are public reception royalties?

They are royalties paid when music is played on radio and TV in public places such as pubs, cafés, hotels, hairdressers etc. and are funded by the licence fees paid by these public places.

Why are you now splitting public reception out from broadcast royalties on statements?

Firstly, the royalties are for two different uses, so to give you an accurate picture of how your music is used we should split them out.

Secondly, the way we currently add public reception to broadcast royalties means we have to use manual calculations and processes. By separating these out it makes the process more straightforward and reduces the risk of error.

So, what are broadcast royalties?

These are royalties paid for broadcasting your music on TV and radio. They are funded by the licence fee each broadcaster pays us for using your music.

Will this change affect the amount of royalties I receive?

No. The way in which they show on your statements will. So, while it may look like your broadcast royalties are lower than usual and the per minute rate is down, it’s because public reception has been removed and has been paid separately.

How will it look different on my statement?

As before, all the broadcast codes will still appear as usual on your statements. The difference is you will see a new section with codes relating to your public reception payments.

Before the change

  Current Per Minute Rates (including broadcast and public reception)
TV/Radio Channel Non Peak Low Peak High Peak
BBC 1 £42.33 £68.32 £94.63
Absolute Radio 105.8 £1.01 £1.25 £1.49

After the change


Public Reception per minute rate separated
(one flat rate per station, it’s not split into non/low/high peak)
Broadcast Per Minute Rates only
TV/Radio Channel Non Peak Low Peak High Peak
BBC 1 £11.01 £31.32 £57.32 £83.62
Absolute Radio 105.8 £0.36 £0.65 £0.89 £1.13

For example, if your music were to be used during high peak for one minute on BBC 1 and two minutes on Absolute Radio 105.8 the amount you receive would be the same before and after the change, but you’ll notice a difference in how it is shown on your statement:

Before the change After the change
1 minute x BBC1 high peak rate £94.63 1 minute x BBC1 high peak rate £83.62
1 minute x public reception rate £11.01
2 minutes x Absolute Radio 105.8 high peak rate £1.49 2 minutes x Absolute Radio 105.8 high peak rate £1.13
2 minutes x public reception rate £0.36
Total royalties received: £97.61 Total royalties received: £97.61

When will it change? 

From the main distribution in July 2020 (2020071). We’ll be providing the new usage codes for public reception nearer the time.

Any other questions?

We’re going to be including a reminder of the change in the June 2020 newsletter, so if you think this article is missing any information please get in touch and we’ll either respond to you directly or add it to the article in June.

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