VLV Press Releases

VLV responds to BBC announcement it will provide free TV licences for the over 75’s

For immediate release – June 10th 2019

The VLV’s clear view is that the cost of providing free licences for the over 75’s, and the policy behind the concession, should be matters for government.

However, if the BBC is to meet the cost of a concession, the favoured option of those who responded to a VLV survey was that the concession should be linked to those who need it most, such as those in receipt of Pension Credit.

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said, ‘We are very concerned that even this strategy will mean an additional substantial reduction in the BBC’s funding and therefore the quality and range of programmes to be provided for UK citizens who fund the BBC, against the background of a 24% cut in real terms since 2010.’

We welcome the BBC’s comments about the need for more transparency in the process of negotiating BBC funding in future. As the BBC Statement highlights, VLV has proposed the establishment of a Licence Fee Commission which would enable proper debate and a range of stakeholder views to be considered.

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For further information please contact:

Colin Browne – 07733 103800 or colin@colinbrowne.com
Sophie Chalk – 07973 408 243 or sophie.chalk@btinternet.com

Notes to editors
1. 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. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
2. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
3. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.

VLV SPRING CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 

Protecting the citizen interest in today’s broadcasting market

Thursday May 9th 2019 – 10.30am to 4pm
The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG

At a time when consumer interests are driving the take up of subscription services, the VLV Conference will ask whether public service broadcasting which benefits citizens across the UK can evolve to maintain its provision of high quality content.

Featured speakers will include Mark Damazer, former Controller of Radio 4, Will Wyatt CBE, former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcasting, Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, Lord Gilbert, Chairman of the Lords Communications Committee, and Gillian Reynolds MBE, The Sunday Times’ radio critic. The Annual VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting will take place at lunchtime, presented by Jan Ravens.

PROGRAMME

09.45    Registration and coffee

10.30    Politics on TV and Radio
    Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4
    Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford
    Polly Toynbee, Columnist, The Guardian
    Chaired by:  Torin Douglas MBE

11.30   How Should the internet be regulated?
    Dr Victoria Baines, Visiting Fellow, Bournemouth University 
    Lord Gilbert, Chairman of the Lords Committee for Communications
    Professor Richard Tait, Cardiff University
    Chaired by: Emma Goodman, Policy Officer, LSE Media Policy Project

12.15   Lunch   

13.15   VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2018 presented by Jan Ravens           

14.00   The implications of the BBC paying for free TV Licences for the over 75’s
    Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK        
    Richard Ayre, former BBC Trustee
    Claire Enders, Founder, Enders Analysis
    Chaired by:  Will Wyatt CBE, former Chief Executive, BBC Broadcast

15.00   Traditional Radio – Challenges in the age of streaming
    Pete Naughton, Senior Audio Producer, Telegraph Media Group
    Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director, Bauer Media 
    Helen Thomas, Head of Content Commissioning, BBC Radio 2
    Chaired by: Gillian Reynolds MBE, Radio Critic for The Sunday Times

16.00     End of Conference – tea and coffee 

“Our Spring Conference will focus on key issues in broadcasting which benefits citizens – trust, quality, access to free-to-air content and the funding of public service programmes. We are fortunate to have a platform of some of the most influential figures in the industry to debate these issues which are determining the shape of broadcasting today and tomorrow. In addition, our annual awards give us the opportunity to recognise the outstanding quality of so much of our broadcasting at a time of great change in the industry”, said VLV Chairman Colin Browne.

A full list of the nominations for the VLV awards is included below

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For further information please contact Colin Browne
7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the conference and awards please contact:
Sarah Stapylton Smith (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)
VLV Office: 01474 338716   sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors
1. Protecting the citizen interest in today’s broadcasting market takes place on Thursday 9 May 2018 at The Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

2. The Awards will be presented between 13.15 and 14.00. 

3. Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sarah Stapylton Smith on sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716

4. Conference bookings – To book online for the conference please go to the VLV website or email sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk or call her on 01474 338716

5. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website.

6. 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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

7. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups. 

8, VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its President.   

Press release from VLV

VLV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING IN 2018

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

The nominations for VLV’s annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2018 have been announced.

This year nominations include TV dramas The Bodyguard, Black Earth Rising and Killing Eve; ITV’s Peston on Sunday is up against BBC Two’s Newsnight; and Channel 4’s Random Acts is competing with the BBC’s Upstart Crow. Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campell is nominated for an Individual radio Contributor award alongside Katya Adler, Paddy O’Connell, Edward Stourton and others. Matt Frei, Emily Maitlis and David Olusoga are nominated alongside others for the TV Contributor award. A full list of those nominated is below.

The awards, which will be presented on May 9th at VLV’s Spring Conference, celebrate radio and TV programmes and those who made a particular contribution to public service broadcasting during 2018. Winners say they particularly value these awards, first introduced some thirty years ago, because they are chosen by the people who matter: their listeners and viewers.

The awards will be presented by Jan Ravens, of Dead Ringers and Spitting Image fame. Last year Jan delighted the audience with an ad-libbed acceptance speech when Dead Ringers won the award for best radio comedy.

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV said, ‘The VLV Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of excellent programmes across all channels, a quality and diversity reflected in the range of nominations from VLV members’.

Full list of nominations VLV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING 2018:

BEST TV DRAMA PROGRAMME

A Very English Scandal

BBC One

Black Earth Rising

BBC Two

Bodyguard

BBC One

Killing Eve

BBC One

No Offence

Channel 4

Vanity Fair

ITV

BEST TV NEWS AND FACTUAL PROGRAMME

A House through Time

BBC Two

Beyond 100 Days

BBC News Channel and BBC Four

Newsnight

BBC Two

Peston on Sunday

ITV

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain

Channel 5

They Shall Not Grow Old

BBC Two

BEST TV ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

Have I Got News for You

BBC One

Only Connect

BBC Two

Random Acts

Channel 4

Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen

BBC Two

Upstart Crow

BBC Two

Would I Lie to You

BBC One

BEST TV INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR

Matt Frei

Katty Kay

Emily Maitlis

Andrew Neil

David Olusoga

Jon Sopel

VLV + IBT AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTENT

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

BBC Two

Dispatches: Myanmar’s Killing Fields

Channel 4

Drowning in Plastic

BBC One

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve

BBC Two

Michael Palin in North Korea

Channel 5

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets

BBC Three

BEST SPORTS PROGRAMME – RADIO & TV (sponsored by Arqiva)

European Rugby Champions Cup

Channel 4

2018 Football World Cup

BBC/ITV

2018 Formula 1 Grand Prix

Channel 4

2018 French Open Tennis

ITV

Test Match Special

Radio 4/Radio 5 live Sports Extra/BBC Sport

2018 Winter Olympics

BBC

BEST RADIO DRAMA AND COMEDY PROGRAMME

Drama on 3: Pinter’s The Birthday Party

Radio 3

Gloomsbury

Radio 4

Home Front

Radio 4

Meet David Sedaris

Radio 4

The Now Show

Radio 4

Tommies

Radio 4

BEST RADIO NEWS AND FACTUAL PROGRAMME

Brexit: A Love Story?

Radio 4

Feedback

Radio 4

In Our Time

Radio 4

The James O’Brien Show

LBC

Last Word

Radio 4

Pienaar’s Politics

Radio 5 live

BEST RADIO MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMME

Barry Humphries: Barry’s Forgotten Musical Masterpieces

Radio 2

Breakfast

Radio 3

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

Radio 5 live

Saturday Review

Radio 4

Soul Music

Radio 4

Words and Music

Radio 3

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR TO RADIO

Katya Adler

Nicky Campbell

Lyse Doucet

Paddy O’Connell

Ritula Shah

Edward Stourton

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Notes to Editors 
Press contact Colin Browne

colin@colinbrowne.com 
Tel: 07733 103800 or 01285 740433

General inquiries

Sarah Stapylton Smith (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)

VLV, The Old Rectory Business Centre, Springhead Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 8HN        

VLV Office:       01474 338716   

email:            info@vlv.org.uk   
website:             archive.vlv.org.uk           

  1. In addition to the awards voted on by VLV members, there will be three additional awards chosen by VLV’s Trustees – the Naomi Sargant Award for someone who has contributed to the field of education, the award for innovation in broadcasting and the children’s broadcasting award.
  2. Journalists are welcome to attend the VLV conference and awards. For a media pass, please contact Sarah Stapylton Smith sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716.
  3. 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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  4. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
  5. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its President. 

14 February 2019

VLV, which promotes the interests of listeners and viewers, responded this week to the BBC consultation on whether it should continue to provide free TV licences for households which include a person who is 75 or older. The charity’s response comes having consulted with its members on their views.  In response to a survey, 81% disagreed with the existing concession if it is funded by the BBC.

Colin Browne, Chairman of the VLV, said ‘It is clear that VLV members overwhelmingly oppose the BBC paying for free TV licences for the over 75’s. They support some form of help for the poorest elderly, but they believe that since this is a welfare payment the question of whether it is continued should be a decision for the government and the government should fund it. The BBC is an unelected body and should not make decisions about or fund welfare policies’.

VLV has strongly opposed the last two BBC funding settlements, agreed in 2010 and 2015, which in 2020 will have led to a 37% cut in the BBC budget if the BBC funds free TV licences for those over 75. These cuts are going to inevitably result in the BBC having to reduce TV and radio services which are popular among audiences across the UK. VLV proposes that the BBC, government and Parliament should seriously consider whether this move is in the best interests of the country and UK society as a whole.

VLV members were outraged when the announcement was made that the BBC would be taking on the cost of the free licences in 2015. At the time it said, ‘The independence of the BBC should be at the heart of public service broadcasting in the UK. We believe that independence was severely compromised by the manner and nature of the last two licence fee negotiations, which were carried out in secret, with no public consultation nor reference to licence fee payers.’

In response, the VLV is proposing the establishment of a statutory body, the Licence Fee Body, to help determine the level of future BBC funding settlements. This would help to underpin the independence of the BBC, including protection from political decisions by the Government of the day to ‘top slice’ the TV licence fee and divert it to fund other projects.

VLV’s full response to the BBC Consultation on the provision of free licences for the over 75’s and a report on its membership survey can be found here. 

Notes to Editors 

Press contact: Colin Browne

Email: colin@colinbrowne.com 
Tel: 07733 103800 or 01285 740433

General inquiries

Sarah Stapylton Smith (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)

VLV, The Old Rectory Business Centre, Springhead Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 8HN        

VLV Office:       01474 338716   

email:                 info@vlv.org.uk   
web:                    archive.vlv.org.uk           

1. VLV has written responses to the many consultations about the future of the BBC.  All submissions can be read here

2. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV web site archive.vlv.org.uk   

3. 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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Embargoed to 13:00 Thursday 9 May 2019

VLV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE VLV CONFERENCE

Thursday May 9th 13.15pm
The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG

VLV Awards honour drama A Very English Scandal, Have I Got News for You, historical radio series In Our Time, They Shall Not Grow Old, the innovative documentary about the First World War, broadcasters Lyse Doucet and Matt Frei and cricket coverage in Test Match Special.

The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) award winners’ ceremony, hosted by Jan Ravens of Dead Ringers’ fame, took place on Thursday 9 May 2019 in London during VLV’s Annual Spring Conference.

The VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2018, which cover programmes broadcast in 2018, were presented to celebrate 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 newscasters BBC Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, and Channel 4 News Europe Editor, Matt Frei, drama A Very English Scandal, long-running entertainment show Have I Got News for You, radio arts programme Saturday Review and BBC cricket coverage in Test Match Special. The team behind They Shall Not Grow Old, the documentary which featured original First World War footage, were presented with an award for innovation; documentary makers Norma Percy and Brian Lapping were awarded the Naomi Sergent award for their work over many years which has provided audiences with significant insight into issues and stories from around the world. The full list of the 2018 winners and nominees are below.

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said “Despite the huge challenges and seismic changes in how audiences consume content, these awards demonstrate that 2018 was a year in which British broadcasters provided a huge range of quality and diverse programmes for listeners and viewers. They include comedies, drama and factual programmes as well as notably featuring high quality news journalists at a time when reliable, accurate news is being valued more highly than ever.”

WINNERS VLV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING 2018

TV

Television Best Drama Programme: A Very English Scandal, BBC One

Best TV News and Factual Programme: A House Through Time, BBC Two

Best TV Children’s Programme: My Life: Mumbai Street Strikers, CBBC

Best TV Arts and Entertainment Programme: Have I Got News for You,

BBC One Best international programme: Drowning in Plastic, BBC One (sponsored by the International Broadcasting Trust)

Best TV Individual Contributor: Matt Frei

Radio

Best Drama and Comedy Programme: The Now Show, BBC Radio 4

Best Radio News and Factual: In Our Time, BBC Radio 4

Best Music and Arts Programme: Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

Best individual contributor to Radio: Lyse Doucet TV & Radio

Best Sports Programme: Test Match Special, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Sport

Special Awards

The Naomi Sargant Award: Norma Percy and Brian Lapping

The VLV Award for Innovation: They Shall Not Grow Old, BBC Two

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For further information please contact Colin Browne
7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the conference and awards please contact:
Sarah Stapylton Smith (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)
VLV Office: 01474 338716 sarah.stapyltonsmith@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors
NOMINATIONS – VLV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING 2018

BEST TV DRAMA PROGRAMME
A Very English Scandal -BBC One
Black Earth Rising -BBC Two
Bodyguard -BBC One
Killing Eve -BBC One
No Offence – Channel 4
Vanity Fair – ITV

BEST TV NEWS AND FACTUAL PROGRAMME
A House through Time -BBC Two
Beyond 100 Days -BBC News Channel and BBC Four
Newsnight – BBC Two
Peston on Sunday – ITV
Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain – Channel 5
They Shall Not Grow Old – BBC Two

BEST TV ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
Have I Got News for You – BBC One
Only Connect – BBC Two
Random Acts – Channel 4
Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen – BBC Two
Upstart Crow – BBC Two
Would I Lie to You – BBC One

BEST TV INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR
Matt Frei
Katty Kay
Emily Maitlis
Andrew Neil
David Olusoga
Jon Sopel

VLV + IBT AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTENT
A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad – BBC Two
Dispatches: Myanmar’s Killing Fields – Channel 4
Drowning in Plastic – BBC One
Mediterranean with Simon Reeve – BBC Two
Michael Palin in North Korea – Channel 5
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets – BBC Three

BEST SPORTS PROGRAMME – RADIO & TV (sponsored by Arqiva)
European Rugby Champions Cup – Channel 4
2018 Football World Cup – BBC/ITV
2018 Formula 1 Grand Prix – Channel 4
2018 French Open Tennis – ITV
Test Match Special – Radio 4/Radio 5 live Sports Extra/BBC Sport
2018 Winter Olympics – BBC

BEST RADIO DRAMA AND COMEDY PROGRAMME
Drama on 3: Pinter’s The Birthday Party – Radio 3
Gloomsbury – Radio 4
Home Front – Radio 4
Meet David Sedaris – Radio 4
The Now Show – Radio 4
Tommies – Radio 4

BEST RADIO NEWS AND FACTUAL PROGRAMME
Brexit: A Love Story? – Radio 4
Feedback – Radio 4
In Our Time – Radio 4
The James O’Brien Show – LBC
Last Word – Radio 4
Pienaar’s Politics – Radio 5 live

BEST RADIO MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMME
Barry Humphries: Barry’s Forgotten Musical Masterpieces – Radio 2
Breakfast – Radio 3
Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review – Radio 5 live
Saturday Review – Radio 4
Soul Music – Radio 4
Words and Music – Radio 3

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR TO RADIO
Katya Adler
Nicky Campbell
Lyse Doucet
Paddy O’Connell
Ritula Shah
Edward Stourton

1. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website
2. 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. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
3. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
4. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.

FUTURE-PROOFING PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

Tuesday 27 November 2018

10.30 to 15.30 at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1J 0BG

Tim Davie CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BBC Studios and Director, BBC Global, and Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, will speak at the VLV Autumn Conference.

There will be two panel sessions. The first, chaired by Alan Yentob, will explore the impact of the global giants on UK public service broadcasting and will include independent producer Peter Kosminsky. The second will debate who sets the news agenda, chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, former Editor in Chief and Chief Executive of ITN, with John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at Buzzfeed UK, and Jamie Angus, Editorial Director of BBC World Service Group.

Tim Davie will lead off the conference, in a session chaired by Torin Douglas MBE. He will speak at what is a crucial time for the BBC’s future, when Ofcom has reported it has to do more to attract younger audiences if it is to remain relevant.

The second session of the day will explore whether the rise of subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple is threatening the future of the UK’s public service broadcasting system. Broadcaster Alan Yentob, presenter of Imagine, former BBC Creative Director and Controller of both BBC One and BBC Two, will chair this session. He will be joined by director, producer and writer Peter Kosminsky.

In the afternoon Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, will provide an update on developments at Channel 4 since he joined the broadcaster in January this year. This follows the recent announcement of Channel 4’s strategy for its regional HQ and hubs.

Finally, Stewart Purvis CBE will chair a panel debate about who sets the news agenda as headlines and rundowns seem to have been dominated by Brexit and events in America for the past two years. He will be joined by John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at Buzzfeed UK and Jamie Angus, Editorial Director of BBC Global News.

“Broadcasting in the UK stands at a crossroads. Nothing is certain. This conference will explore many of the key issues through the eyes of some of the key players and decision makers”, said VLV Chairman Colin Browne.

Further information

For further information please contact Colin Browne 7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the conference and awards please contact: Sue Washbrook (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours) VLV Office: 01474 338716 or email sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Future proofing public service broadcasting takes place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at The Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
  2. Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716
  3. Conference bookings – To book online for the conference please go to the VLV website  or email Sue Washbrook or call her on 01474 338716
  4. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website.
  5. 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. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  6. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
  7. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.

Press release from Voice of the Listener & Viewer

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER
 
VLV comment on DCMS Contestable Fund

VLV, which represents the interests of listeners and viewers, responded today to the DCMS announcement on the Contestable Fund.  

Colin Browne, Chairman of the VLV, said ‘While we support the Government’s ambition to boost children’s content on TV and radio, we have concerns about the Contestable Fund. It is important that this is genuinely new money and does not lead to a further raid on the BBC’s Licence Fee funding.

It will be vital to monitor the pilot phase very closely to ensure that it is in practice delivering quality UK programming for our children and not just boosting the revenues of the commercial operators.’

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Notes to Editors

Further information from Colin Browne on
01285 740433 or 07733 103800

For all general press and media enquiries please call:
Sophie Chalk 07973 408 243

Notes to Editors
1.    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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

2. For 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups. 
3. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its President.  She succeeded Jocelyn Hay, who founded VLV in 1983, its president until her death in 2014.

Press release from VLV

Notification of Event

Jocelyn Hay Lecture 2018: Professor Mary Beard DBE

Tuesday October 23rd 2018 6-8.30pm
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG

VLV is delighted to announce that Professor Mary Beard DBE has agreed to deliver the Jocelyn Hay Lecture 2018.

Jocelyn Hay founded the VLV in 1983 and was its inspirational leader for more than a quarter of a century. We established the Jocelyn Hay lecture series in 2012. The lecture provides an opportunity for eminent speakers to consider the importance of quality broadcasting, and particularly public service broadcasting, for citizens and consumers in the UK. Previous speakers have been Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the NCVO, Professor Jean Seaton, Official Historian of the BBC, and Lord Puttnam.

Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, is Britain’s best known classicist. For over a decade Mary has been bringing the Romans to life through her much-loved TV programmes. Her scholarly but accessible style has made her hugely popular in print and on the screen, from Meet The Romans to her 2015 bestseller SPQR and most recently one of the authors and presenters of the BBC’s Civilisations series.

‘VLV plays an important role by highlighting the benefits high quality TV and radio programmes bring to British audiences. For the past decade Mary Beard inspired audiences, bringing to life ancient history for millions of viewers and broadening our horizons. We are delighted that she will be delivering the Jocelyn Hay lecture in 2018’ said VLV Chairman Colin Browne.

Ticket price: £15.00 

For further information please contact Colin Browne

7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the lecture please contact:

Sue Washbrook (Tuesday and Wednesday during office hours)

VLV Office: 01474 338716   sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website
  2. 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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  3. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups. 
  4. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its President. 

Press release from VLV

For immediate release 17 April 2018

VLV SPRING CONFERENCE PROGRAMME REVISION

Challenges for public service broadcasting in a digital age

Thursday 19 April 2017 – 10.30am – 4pm

There has been a change in the programme for the VLV conference. Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee, will now be speaking at 11.30am. Mr Collins’ Committee is currently leading an inquiry into Fake News which has included investigation of data breaches by Facebook. The Committee’s inquiry has been instrumental in highlighting the inadequacy of online regulation which has led to potential breaches in the security of people’s data. Now questions are being asked whether the UK’s regulatory system for online platforms is out of date and the misuse of data influenced the outcome of the Brexit Referendum. This replaces the session with Margot Jones MP, Minister of State for the Digital and Creative Industries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who has withdrawn because of diary problems.

BBC Chairman Sir David Clementi will begin the day at 10.30 in a session titled Serving all our audiences: the BBC in a digital age chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, non-executive Director at Channel 4, former Chief Executive and Editor in Chief of ITN and former Partner for Content and Standards at Ofcom.

Ofcom Content Group Director Kevin Bakhurst will be the afternoon’s featured speaker at 2pm in a session titled After The Crown: supporting the Crown Jewels of UK Broadcasting. This session will be chaired by Sarah Thane CBE, Patron of VLV, former Director of Programmes and Advertising at the ITC and Advisor to Ofcom on content standards.

Finally at 3pm, Gillian Reynolds MBE, radio critic of The Sunday Times, will chair a panel debate on the contribution commercial radio makes for UK audiences. Broadcaster Nick Ferrari will join Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre, Matt Deegan, Fun Kids Radio and Creative Director of Folder Media, and Dr Tony Stoller CBE, former Chief Executive of the Radio Authority.

The Annual VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2017 will be presented at lunchtime by Jon Snow.

 “The VLV Annual Awards ceremony gives the VLV the opportunity to recognise the excellence of so much of our broadcasting at a time of great change in the industry and to pay tribute to some of the people who contribute so much to this achievement” said VLV Chairman Colin Browne.

A full list of the nominations for the VLV awards is attached to this email.

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For further information please contact Colin Browne

7733 103800 or 01285 740433 or colin@colinbrowne.com

For press tickets to the conference and awards please contact:

Sue Washbrook (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)

VLV Office: 01474 338716   sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. Challenges for public service broadcasting in a digital age takes place on Thursday 19 April 2017 at The Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.
  2. The Awards will be presented between 13.15 and 14.00.
  1. Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on washbrook@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716
  1. Conference bookings – To book online for the conference please go to the VLV website or email Sue Washbrook  or call her on 01474 338716
  1. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website.
  2. 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.  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  3. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups. 
  4. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its President. 

 

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