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Postby ReadySaltedChris » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:53 pm

PRS Changes...

Dear Member,

Broadcast distribution policy changes to be introduced

I would like to inform you of several broadcast distribution policy changes we will be starting to phase in from the October 2018 distribution onwards. The changes being introduced are to the weightings we apply to music when it is used at different times of day across TV and radio, and the calculation method by which BBC Radio station performing royalties are allocated.

The changes being introduced were agreed by the Distribution Committee, following an extensive review of our broadcast distribution policies.

Policy review and recommendations

A sub-group of the Distribution Committee called the Policy Review Group were tasked with reviewing our Broadcast distribution policies to ensure they still accurately reflect the amount of music listened to and the audience size of a particular station. Following their review, the Policy Review Group took their recommendations to the Distribution Committee, who then gave their approval.

The changes being introduced are to the weightings we apply to music when it is used at different times of day across TV and radio, and the calculation method by which BBC Radio station performing royalties are allocated. All the changes impact PRS, but only the TV time of day changes will be introduced for MCPS. The Distribution Committee agreed that we should continue to value featured music the same as background music.

The approved changes will be phased in over a three-year period. The first changes we will start phasing in will be to the calculation method by which BBC Radio station royalties are allocated and the BBC TV time of day changes from the October 2018 distribution onwards. Full details below.

Summary of changes

1. BBC Radio calculation method changes


A new calculation method for PRS BBC Radio performing royalty allocations will be phased in over a three-year period, starting in the October 2018 distribution. This will not impact mechanical royalty allocations.

The new method is weighted more in favour of consumption and those stations where the most music is broadcast.

2. TV time of day band changes

The number of TV time of day bands across all TV stations will be changing from two to three. The new band weightings will be phased in over a three-year period. This will impact both PRS and MCPS.

The changes will begin to be phased in for the BBC from the October 2018 distribution onwards (the same time as the BBC Radio calculation method changes). We are beginning the phasing from October because October is the start of the BBC licence year.

The changes will start to be phased in for BSkyB from the December 2018 distribution onwards, and across all other commercial stations from July 2019.

The new bands being introduced better represent a TV station’s actual viewing figures at a particular time of day.

3. New radio time of day bands

Three new radio time of day bands will be introduced. The changes will be phased in over a three-year period. This will be introduced for PRS distributions, and will not impact MCPS distributions.

The changes will begin to be phased in for all commercial stations from the July 2019 distribution onwards. Then the BBC Radio time of day changes will begin in the October 2019 distribution (October being the start of the BBC licence year).

The new bands better represent a radio station’s actual listening figures at a particular time of day.

4. Featured versus background music

The Distribution Committee agreed that we should continue to value featured music the same as background music.

This is because it is a very subjective process deciphering what is background versus featured music in TV and radio programming. It would require either us or the broadcasters themselves to make a call on each placement of music. Our position across all our policies is that ‘music is music’, therefore we do not value one type of music more than another.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Clements
Executive Director of Membership, International and Licensing
PRS for Music
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