The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) is an independent, non-profit-making membership association, free from political, commercial and sectarian affiliations, working for quality and diversity in British TV and radio content. VLV represents the interests of listeners and viewers as citizens and consumers across the full range of broadcasting issues. VLV is concerned with the structures, regulation, funding and institutions that underpin the British broadcasting system and makes the case for public service broadcasting which ensures the interests of viewers and listeners are kept in mind.
At VLV's most recent event Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, met with VLV members in Parliament for a lively discussion on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.
The debate was wide ranging, covering the issues of concern to VLV. These included: BBC regulation, prominence for public service content, government proposals to address childhood obesity by new regulation on adverts, broadcasting regulation after Brexit, the regulation of news and whether listed sporting events might include cricket in future.
Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee spoke after the Secretary of State and highlighted the inquiry his Committee is holding into fake news. He announced that an interim report on this inquiry will be published before Summer recess. He said, 'This just goes to show that the VLV is once again fulfilling its function of holding ministers and people in parliament who take an interest in these matters to account and I think you have covered a range of topics of ongoing interest particularly over the role of PSBs and the BBC but also how the constant march of technology is throwing up new regulatory challenges which we wouldn’t have thought 3 or 4 years ago would have been a problem.'
Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, and Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee were the keynote speakers at the VLV Spring Conference on April 19th. The speech made by Sir David Clementi can be read here
Kevin Bakhurst, Content Group Director at Ofcom, updated us on BBC regulation now that Ofcom has taken on responsibility for regulating the BBC. And the final session of the day was a lively discussion about the contribution commercial radio makes for UK audiences.
Broadcaster Nick Ferrari joined Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre, Matt Deegan, Fun Kids Radio and Creative Director at Folder Media and Dr Tony Stoller, media historian, joined chair, Gillian Reynolds, radio critic of The Sunday Times, to provide some fascinating insights.
After lunch broadcaster Jon Snow presented the popular VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting.
You can view photos of the awards here.
Winners included Line of Duty, Blue Planet II, Unreported World (C4) and W1A in the television category. Radio programme recipients featured Dead Ringers, More or Less and Private Passions. Where in the World? on CBeebies won the Children's Broadcasting Award. Mishal Husain was presented with the best individual contributor to radio and Laura Kuenssberg in the individual television category. The coveted Naomi Sargant Award was given to Professor Mary Beard OBE.
The full list of nominations and winners can be read here
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of ITV, our keynote speaker, reflected on the value of public service broadcasting in the digital age. His speech can be read here
Baroness Benjamin headed our panel on the future of children's content, joined by Anne Brogan, Joint Managing Director, Kindle Entertainment and Simon Terrington, Content Policy Director at Ofcom.
At the conference we also heard from James Purnell, BBC Director of Radio & Education, on the BBC’s new strategy following the publication of its first Annual Plan under its unitary board. James's speech can be read here
In the final session of the day we explored how UK independent production is changing as a result of the creation of BBC Studios and in response to the impact of global players like Netflix. Will this lead to less UK relevant public service content for audiences? Mark Linsey, Director of BBC Studios, was joined by Kim Shillinglaw, Head of factual for Endemol Shine UK and David Lloyd, former Head of News and Current Affairs Channel 4.
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Voice of the Listener & Viewer's aims are to:
The Voice of the Viewer & Listener are passionate believers, as I am, in the importance of high quality broadcasting for the cultural and scientific future of this nation. At a time when traditional broadcasters like the BBC are under threat it is more important than ever that organisations like the VLV give voice to those who those who would otherwise not be heard.
It (VLV) has emerged as the most important champion of television and radio consumers by consistently pressing for the retention and extension of high-quality public service broadcasting
The BBC's senior managers regard it (VLV) as the only organisation that speaks from the licence-payer's perspective while offering passionate support for public service broadcasting