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.

2017 Jocelyn Hay lecture

March 21st 2017 7pm – 9pm

 The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London,  W1J 0BD

We are delighted that Lord Puttnam has agreed to deliver the 2017 Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture.

Lord Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle.   From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. 

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries.  He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2006 - 2012) and The Sage Gateshead (2007- 2012), founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Chair of both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years the latter of which he is an honorary fellow. 

6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Tickets are available here.  £10 members £15 corporates which includes drinks before and after the speech.


VLV annual spring conference and awards for excellence in broadcasting

april 26th 2017 10.30am - 4.30pm

The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London,  W1J 0BD

At a time of major change throughout the western world, the VLV Spring Conference will provide an opportunity to consider further the role of public service broadcasting in providing a trusted source of information and knowledge.

Further details and speakers will be published in due course.  The Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2016 will be presented after the conference.  

Tickets are available here



Sir David Clementi has been confirmed as the new BBC chairman. The ex-Bank of England deputy governor wrote a report in 2016 which proposed significant changes the BBC's regulatory and governance model. As a result of Sir David's recommendations under the new Charter Ofcom will be responsible for regulating the BBC and a new unitary boared will be put in place to govern the corporation.

In response to the announcement, VLV Chairman Colin Browne said, 'We congratulate Sir David on his appointment and look forward to a constructive relationship with him as he steers the BBC through challenging times and ensures that this hugely valued institution is truly accountable to its licence payers’.

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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21 March 2017 19:00

2017 Jocelyn Hay Lecture

We are delighted that Lord Puttnam has agreed to deliver the 2017 Jocelyn Hay VLV Lecture. Lord…

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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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