VLV launches 30 Anniversary Appeal
At the recent Autumn Conference VLV Chairman Colin Browne launched our 30th Anniversary Appeal. He said " we really do need support at this time if we are to carry on and develop the magnificent project which our President, Jocelyn Hay CBE, founded all those years ago. Promoting quality and diversity in broadcasting remains our goal, thus helping to ensure the quality of the national debate. We believe that this has never been more important, given the radical changes affecting the broadcasting sector." If you would like to support VLV, you can download a donation form here. Thank you.
Jocelyn Hay CBE, President and Founder
Jocelyn Hay was a freelance writer and broadcaster before she founded Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) in 1983 in response to the first threat to turn BBC Radio 4 into an all news and current affairs network. Having launched and won that campaign, issues arose which required the attention of a consumer body which could speak on the full range of broadcasting issues. Along with other colleagues, Mrs Hay set up Voice of the Listener (as it then was) becoming Executive Chair.
She then ceased broadcasting in her own right but until 1994 continued to direct the training agency, London Media Workshops, which specialised in writing, directing and producing radio, television and video programmes. The Voice of the Listener became Voice of the Listener & Viewer in 1991.
Having been appointed an MBE in 1999, she was made a CBE in 2005 for her work with VLV. She was awarded the Elizabeth R Award for an Exceptional Contribution to Public Service Broadcasting by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association in 1999 and in 2007 was presented with the European Women of Achievement Award (Humanitarian category) by the European Union of Women, British section. She is a trustee of Mediawise (formerly Presswise) and of The Voice of the Listener Trust. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Authors.
Mrs Hay was Head of Press and Public Relations at Girl Guide Commonwealth Headquarters from 1973-1978 while bringing up her family and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations. Her past experience also includes membership of OFTEL’s Consumer Advisory Panel, the Government Stakeholder Group on Digital Television, the Steering Group of the European Information Society Forum and the Council of the European Institute for the Media. She was Founder President of the European Alliance of Listeners’s & Viewers’ Associations (EURALVA) from 1995 to 2007.
She is a widely respected authority on broadcasting policy across all the issues and is regularly consulted by leading industry players, journalists, policy-makers and regulators.
Mrs Hay is the widow of a former Army officer and mother of two daughters. She has travelled widely, lived in seven overseas countries and three of the nations of the UK. She has at BA (Hons) and is a Fellow of the RSA. She now lives in Kent.
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
- Fight undue influence over broadcasting by commercial, political, sectarian or other interests
- Raise awareness of the crucial role broadcasting plays in democracy and in our national and community life and culture
- Work to ensure that the opportunities innovation and new digital technologies provide are developed for the benefit of all
- Promote the potential of broadcasting and digital media to contribute to education in formal institutions and informal settings throughout the lifespan
Current objectives are to:
- Safeguard the independence of BBC governance and the quality and range of BBC programmes and services by supporting the licence fee until such time as another method is developed that provides the same benefits
- Monitor the work of relevant regulatory bodies, and try to ensure that they function in the interests of listeners and viewers
- Safeguard the future of Channel 4 as a public corporation with a public service remit and monitor how it fulfils that special remit
- Monitor the growth of cable, satellite and subscription services, and their impact on terrestrial and free- to-view services
- Support research into all aspects of broadcasting, including innovation in the sector and digital media
- Publish regular reports and briefings on broadcasting issues and, through VLV's quarterly news Bulletin, public events and website help to develop an informed and appreciative audience for British broadcasting
- Support innovative developments in broadcasting and digital media that bridge the digitial divide and so ensure that high quality, affordable content can be accessed by all
- Provide an open forum for the discussion of broadcasting issues and digitial media by holding seminars and public conferences on topical themes at affordable prices throughout the UK
- Monitor the provision of children's and educational broadcast programmes and promote their continuing importance through the activities of the VLV Forums for Children's and Educational Broadcasting
- Support the principles of public service broadcasting around the world.