Here’s a figure to keep in mind if a TV producer asks to use your photo or video.
Recently I mentioned how I called United Utilities and was asked for my date of birth for ‘data protection’ reasons. I refused to give it and they wouldn’t discuss my water bill.
Fifteen years ago, when I earned part of my living as a freelance photographer, the going rate for a cover shot on one of the small magazines that I worked for was £200. The magazine sold 12,000 copies each month and that payment gave the publisher the right to publish the image one time only.
If there was a prize for the website with the most downtime then Manchester City Council’s so-called ‘online payments’ page would surely win it.
Quality content and creativity are valuable things. If you need proof, just look at the millions of pounds that businesses earn from back catalogues of music, films, TV shows and news footage.
How serious is the BBC about public participation and user-generated content? Not very serious, I would say…
The BBC has always looked on the public as material to be used in its programmes and now looks on photographs and videos that come from that public as material to be used in it programmes. Not much change…