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 broadcasting 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 ensuring that the interests of viewers and listeners are kept in mind.
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.
The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) award winners’ ceremony, hosted by Sir Tony Robinson, took place on Wednesday 26 April 2017 in London during VLV’s Annual Spring Conference.
The VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2016 were presented across many aspect s of television and radio with programmes, individuals and channels nominated and voted for by VLV members – their viewers and listeners. The winners included The Night Manager, Planet Earth II, Channel 4's Paralympics coverage, Today and I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue.
Individual Awards were presented to Sir David Attenborough, the late Steve Hewlett and Helen Boaden. On receiving his award David Attenborough commented "This is a unique award in my experience - there are very few which is actually a pure, untainted look at quality. There are so many awards which other factors come into, but this comes from people who enjoy broadcasting and have their own agenda as to what makes something good. This is a unique award and I treasure it very much." Helen Boaden joined the awards via skype from the USA saying " I loved watching this ceremony. It represents everything I deeply care about in public service broadcasting. It represents a commitment to quality, a commitment to diversity of every sort, radio, television and online: people, personalities, types of programmes and what underlines it all is a profoundly democratic spirit. I love the fact that John Reith said early in his career that he wanted the best of everything in everyone’s homes and that really is what has always motivated me – that deep democratic spirit…"
Ade Adepitan was awarded the Naomi Sargant award for education and sent a specially recorded message of thanks which you can view here.
April 26th 2017
The upcoming snap election, public trust in broadcasting, the World Service and BBC regulation were the issues which dominated the VLV conference on April 26th.
Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport opened the day covering a range of broadcasting issues which included the future of Channel 4 and the distinctiveness of the BBC. You can read his speech here. Th e second session of the morning focused on Alternative Facts and Public Trust in Broadcasting. Journalist and author Matthew d’Ancona was joined by Jane Martinson, Head of Media at The Guardian, Stewart Purvis, former Chief Executive of ITN to discuss the impact fake news is having on audiences. You can read a transcript of the session here. In the afternoon Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service Group and Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs, highlighted the important role the World Service continues to offer, including the development of 12 new language services announced late last year. Fran's speech is available here.
The day ended with a panel session in which new arrangements for the regulation of the BBC were discussed: Tony Close, Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcementat Ofcom was joined by former BBC Trustee Richard Ayre and Professor Steven Barnett. You can read a transcript of the sesson here.
A brief report on the conference is available here.
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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