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 annual spring conference and awards for excellence in broadcasting

april 26th 2017 10.30am - 4.00pm

The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London,  W1J 0BD

At a time of major change throughout the western world, the VLV Spring Conference, How to Ensure the Citizen Dividend; Public Service Broadcasting in a Digital Age, will provide an opportunity to consider further the role of public service broadcasting in providing a trusted source of information and knowledge. Conference sessions will cover Alternative Facts and Post Truth and BBC Regulation and Accountability.   

The conference will provide VLV members and colleagues to ask questions of the guest speakers including Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service Group and Deputy Director of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Journalist and author Matthew d’Ancona  will be participating in a session on Alternative Facts and Post Truth Broadcasting, joining a panel that includes Jane Martinson, Head of Media at The Guardian and chaired by Roger Bolton of BBC Radio. Matthew's book on the post truth era will be published in early May.

Tony Close, Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcementat Ofcom will be discussing BBC regulation and accountability in the new Charter era, on a panel that includes Richard Ayre, shortly to be stepping down as a BBC Trustee.  

The Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2016 will be presented by Sir Tony Robinson during the conference.  

We do hope you will be able to join us.  You can book here


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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VLV Spring Conference and Awards 2017

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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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