Radio royalties

We pay royalties for our members' works that are played on national, local, international, online and digital radio stations that are broadcast in the UK.

How we calculate

To track what's played and when, we use several methods:

  • Pay-per-play 
  • Representative samples
  • Research and analogy

Pay-per-play radio stations

We calculate royalties per minute of playing time on many radio stations. They include, among others, all BBC stations plus national stations owned by Global and by Bauer.

Radio rate checker

Check the per-minute royalty rates that apply to distributions from TV broadcasters.

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Sample collection radio stations

For some stations, we track the music that's played on sample days. We estimate playing time by multiplying the information we receive from these days.

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Analogy collection radio stations

It's not always cost-effective to track every play, or use information from sample days. This is usually when the radio station plays the same repertoire of music.