Voice of the Listener & Viewer


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 Awards honour Sir David Attenborough, Helen Boaden, Ade Adepitan, Steve Hewlett, The Night Manager, Planet Earth II. Today and Channel 4’s Rio Paralympics

 Sir David Attenborough and Sir Tony RobinsonAde Rawcliffe C4 Paralympics

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 aspects 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, Ade Adepitan, the late Steve Hewlett and Helen Boaden.    The full list of the 2016 winners and nominees are available here. picture

Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture 2017 with Lord Puttnam CBE

Why Public Service Media matters more than ever in the age of Brexit, Trump, Facebook and Twitter

The VLV was delighted to have Lord Puttnam CBE deliver the third Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture 2017 on Tuesday 21 March at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. A transcript of the speech is available here

BBC Charter Review

The new BBC Charter and Agreement are now in place. The most significant changes in the new Charter relate to the governance and regulation of the BBC.

Ofcom is consulting on how it will regulate the BBC when it takes over this role in April 2017 and the appointments process for non-executive members of the BBC board has begun. 

VLV will closely monitor all developments and make submissions to consultations as they are published. All VLV consultations are available on the VLV website here.



The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) enables the consumer voice to be heard by broadcasters and those concerned with broadcasting policy...

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VLV'S Aims

Voice of the Listener & Viewer's aims are to:

  • Safeguard the quality, diversity and editorial integrity of broadcast programmes
  • Promote wider choice of high quality programmes...
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Next Event

29 November 2017 10:30

VLV Autumn Conference 2017

VLV’s Autumn Conference 2017 will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at the Geological…

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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.

Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley

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

Roy Greenslade

Roy Greenslade

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

Tim Luckhurst

Tim Luckhurst

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