Photographers are calling on News UK to ditch their new ”exploitative” contracts.
Represented by The National Union of Journalists and The British Press Photographers’ Association, photographers are criticising the new contracts which they believe ”strips photographers of almost all their rights … reducing their income”.
The new contract provides News UK with the exclusive right to use commissioned work in perpetuity across Times titles for one single fee and the organisation will have three days use of images for print and online for the price of just one day.
Photographers have been asked to sign by early November, or no longer be ”preferred”.
Natasha Hirst, chair of the NUJ’s Photographers’ Council, said: ”This disgraceful contract is wholly unacceptable and has no place in our industry. It is completely exploitative, strips photographers of most of their rights and will leave them much worse off.
”Why a news organisation feels it needs to give photographers, most of whom have struggled to work because of Covid-19, this sort of kicking beggars belief.”
The BPPA added: ”Publishers imposing new contracts without discussion, explanation or negotiation is a poor way to deal with loyal and committed freelancers at any time – and to do this when incomes are down and in the middle of a worldwide pandemic would appear to be both opportunistic and ill-judged.”