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.


the bbc, the white paper and the future of uk children's content

Date: 31 May 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Westminster University, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

This open event, hosted by the University of Westminster, in association with the Children’s Media Foundation and the Voice of the Listener & Viewer will look at the implications of the government White Paper planning the future of the BBC on the provision of children’s content in the UK for the next eleven years.

Come and have your say on the impact of plans for restructuring the BBC, changes in governance, pressure on Licence Fee revenue and a contestable fund for kids’ content.

At the event Professor Jeanette Steemers (Westminster University) will present the results of her comparative research into content funds in other territories, and representatives of the CMF, VLV, Pact and Animation UK will outline their position on the White Paper plans.

As the Charter Review process draws to its conclusion, the effects on the children’s media industry and the content the audience is offered could be significant. Is children’s media facing a seismic shift with the new proposals - and for the better or for worse?  Consider, discuss and make your voice heard on 31st May.

This is a free event but if you would like to attend please reserve a place here

Registration opens at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.  

There will be a drinks reception from 8 – 9pm.


Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice? 

VLV's Spring Conference - Tuesday 19 April 2016

Speakers included Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,  David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Charlotte Moore, newly appointed Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer, BBC and VLV Patron Lord Inglewood.  Session chairs included Torin Douglas, Raymond Snoddy, Robin Lustig and Roger Bolton.

Maria Eagle MP's speech can be read here

Charlotte Moore's speech can be read here  


John Whittingdale in conversation with VLV members at Westminster


Secretary of State John Whittingdale met with almost 100 VLV members and industry colleagues at Westminster on 10 February and answered a wide range of questions. Read more here





BBC Charter Review

VLV will keep you informed as the debate unfolds and will respond in detail to the Government's public consultations on BBC Charter Review.

Click BBC CHARTER REVIEW above to read more.

Latest VLV submissions - updated 11 February 2016

Read them here

Sir David Clementi publishes his Review of BBC Governance and Regulation

1 March 2016 read it here

House of Lords Communications Committee publishes its report, 24 February 2016 read it here

Commons Select Committee publishes its Report into BBC Charter Review  11 February 2016 read it here

BBC Trust: Tomorrow's BBC - creating an open, more distinctive BBC - read here

DCMS BBC Charter Review Green Paper response - read 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

23 November 2016 10:15

2016 Autumn Conference

The VLV Autumn Conference will take place when there may well be agreement to the BBC's Charter…

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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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