Roughly 200 members ink digital deals
Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have ratified two-year contracts with ABC and CBS for their respective network news staffers.The agreements take effect May 16 and cover about 200 on-air journalists at the network divisions of ABC and CBS, including news anchors, correspondents and reporters. “These agreements are a big step forward for broadcast journalists as they improve wages and benefits,” said AFTRA president Roberta Reardon in a statement. “Given the state of the broadcast industry and emerging new media platforms in particular, the new agreements with ABC and CBS protect AFTRA members as they work in the digital landscape, and secure current contract protections.” AFTRA said the agreements include pay increases for network staffers, fee increases for freelance correspondents, improvements in pension coverage, and coverage for work by members in new digital platforms. The agreements were approved by AFTRA’s national board administrative committee last week after the terms had been ratified by the affected members. Earlier this year, AFTRA reached a tentative agreement with the recording industry on its sound recordings code and with the four major TV networks and producers on the network television code, which covers non-primetime work.