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.
VLV's Spring Conference was held on Thursday 19 April at the Geological Society in Piccadilly.
We were delighted that Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, and Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee were our keynote speakers. 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.
The awards ceremony took place after the VLV Spring conference and were presented by Jon Snow, to a wide range of radio and television programmes, nominated and voted for by VLV members.
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
VLV’s Autumn Conference was held on 29th November 2017 at the Geological Society, London W1.
We were delighted that Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of ITV, was our keynote speaker in the first session of the morning. Peter 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