LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Prominent UK-based collection society PRS for Music announced on Friday that it had renewed long-standing blanket licenses with the BBC.
The deal will ensure the continued flow of royalties BBC’s TV, radio and online services to the members of PRS for Music and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society.
The new licenses cover the BBC’s public service television: radio and online services in the UK; and the BBC World Service.
As well, the deal will also allow BBC Studios to continue to exploit their content in international markets under commercial licenses.
“This is an important deal for PRS for Music and for our members. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the BBC and are pleased to have agreed terms which ensure that PRS and MCPS members continue to be fairly rewarded whenever their music is used on the BBC’s television, radio and on-demand services,” said PRS for Music Director of Licensing Andy Harrower.
“The BBC is happy to have secured terms with PRS and MCPS to agree to music rights across all of its public services. The agreement means that the BBC is able to deliver its popular and much-loved content to audiences in ways in which they enjoy, whilst providing value for money for the BBC licence fee payers. The PRS and MCPS are valued partners to the BBC and we recognise the value that their members’ music brings to the BBC. There is an overwhelming consensus within the UK music industry that the BBC is hugely committed to music,” added BBC Music Licensing boss Nicky Bignell.
“Our support via BBC Music Introducing, the eight-week BBC Proms season, our radio networks, the launch of BBC Sounds, as well as our commitment to music TV, makes the BBC a unique partner to the UK music industry. We look forward to working together once again with the PRS and MCPS in the years to come,” Bignell concluded.