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.
We were delighted that Tim Davie CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BBC Studios and Director, BBC Global, and Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, spoke at the VLV Autumn Conference this year alongside some of the other leaders of UK broadcasting.
As well as the future of the BBC and Channel 4, a range of issues were discussed at this conference, including the current BBC consultation on free TV licences for the over 75’s and prominence for public service channels and applications.
In addition to our keynote speakers we had two panel sessions. The first, chaired by Alan Yentob, former Creative Director of the BBC, explored the impact of the global subscription services such as Netflix on UK public service broadcasting. Leading British independent producers Peter Kosminsky. Sue Vertue, Cat Lewis and Peter Fincham were on the panel.
The second panel session debated who sets the news agenda at a time when bulletins are dominated by Brexit and events surrounding Donald Trump. This debate was chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, former Editor in Chief and Chief Executive of ITN, who was joined by Jonathan Levy, Director of Newsgathering at Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at BuzzFeed UK, and Jamie Angus, Director of BBC World Service Group.
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Professor Mary Beard delivered the annual Jocelyn Hay Lecture on 23rd October at the Geological Society. Her lecture, What happens to history on television?, covered a wide range of issues and celebrated the diversity of history programming currently on UK TV.
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.'
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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