VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 

The 2016 Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting will be presented at the VLV Spring Conference on Wednesday 26th April 2017 in London

 

Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for

Excellence in Broadcasting 2015 - presented in 2016

Wolf Hall, Channel 4 News, Clangers, Face of Britain by Simon Schama, BBC Four, Book of the Week, From Our Own Correspondent, A Good Read, Ten Pieces, Classic FM all honoured by VLV members

Jon Snow, Gareth Malone and James Naughtie picked up individual awards

Gillian Reynolds, herself the recipient of a special award last year, presented the 24th VLV Awards for broadcasting at VLV’s Spring Conference – Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice? at the Geological Society in London on Tuesday 19th April 2016. 

The nominations, chosen and voted for by members of VLV, range across all areas of broadcasting reflecting the diverse high quality content of radio and television programming in the UK. 

Jon Snow and James Naughtie were voted television and radio contributors of the year and Gareth Malone received the Naomi Sargant special award, which was selected by the VLV Trustees. 

Winning television programmes were Wolf Hall, Channel 4 News, Clangers and The Face of Britain by Simon Schama.   In the Radio category, awards were received by Book of the Week, From Our Own Correspondent and A Good Read with Ten Pieces selected as the Most Innovative Contribution to the Use of Digital Media.    The Free to Air Digital TV Channel of the Year was BBC Four and Digital Radio Station of the Year Classic FM. 

The Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting are always highly valued by the recipients.  VLV Chairman Colin Browne said,  ‘As politicians and regulators plot the future of public service broadcasting in the UK, it is timely to remember that what really counts is the quality and diversity of the programmes available to listeners and viewers. These awards are a reminder of the excellence of so much of our radio and television.’

The full list of award winners were:

Television

Best Drama Programme Wolf Hall  BBC Two/Company Pictures/Playground Entertainment    picture here 

Best TV News and Factual Programme Channel 4 News  picture

Best TV Children’s Programme Clangers CBeebies/Coolabi  picture

Best TV Arts and Entertainment Programme Face of Britain by Simon Schama BBC Two/Oxford Film and Television       picture

Best TV Individual Contributor Jon Snow  picture

VLV Arqiva Free to view Digital TV Channel of the Year: BBC Four   picture

Radio

Best Drama and Comedy Programme Book of the Week Radio 4  picture

Best Radio News and Factual Programme From our own Correspondent Radio 4  picture

Best Music and Arts Programme A Good Read Radio 4  picture

Best individual contributor to Radio James Naughtie  picture

VLV Arqiva Digital Radio Station of the Year Classic FM  picture

Special Awards

The Naomi Sargant Award, commemorates a distinguished adult educator who believed passionately in life long learning.  Naomi was Channel 4’s first senior commissioner of educational programmes, and one of the founders of the Open University .   This year Gareth Malone was presented with this accolade for his work in his role of  ‘choral animateur’, encouraging participation from both adults and children, ranging from postmen to NHS workers to the military wives, to sing in choirs.

The VLV Arqiva Most Innovative Contribution to the Use of Digital Media award was presented to Ten Pieces (BBC/Somethin’).  This project aimed initially at primary age children and now extended to the secondary age group has been the BBC’s biggest commitment to musical education.  It is a multi-platform programme, making use of the BBC’s music resources, including the orchestras.  It engages with over half the primary schools in the country, with a wide range of teaching resources and a showcase for creative responses in the form of film, audio and artwork.    picture

The full list of nominations can be read here

 

Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for
Excellence in Broadcasting 2014

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Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey, Springwatch, Countryfile, The News Quiz, Composer of the Week and BBC World Service honoured by VLV members 

Now in their 23nd year the Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV)Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting are especially valued by their recipients. VLV Chairman Colin Browne said: "The wide range of nominations proposed by our members illustrate the tremendous quality and diversity to be found in UK broadcasting.  Winners tell us they particularly value these awards as they are chosen by the people who really matter - engaged listeners and viewers."

The awards were presented by James Naughtie at a ceremony during VLV's Spring Conference at the Geological Society in London, Tuesday 2 June 2015.

 

The full list of awards for 2014, presented in June 2015 were:

VLV Awards (nominated and voted for by VLV members)

Radio

Best Radio Drama and Comedy Programme: The News Quiz,BBC Radio 4

Best Radio Factual Programme: Germany: Memories of a Nation, BBC Radio 4

Best Radio Music and Arts Programme: Composer of the Week, BBC Radio 3

Best individual contribution to Radio:  Martha Kearney

VLV Arqiva Digital Radio Station of the Year:  BBC World Service

 

Television

Best TV Drama Programme: Downton Abbey, ITV

Best TV Factual Programme: Countryfile, BBC One

Best TV Children's Programme: Newsround , CBBC

Best TV Entertainment Programme: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One

Best individual Contribution to Television: Professor Brian Cox OBE

VLV Arqiva Digital free to air TV Channel Station of the Year: BBC News Channel HD

VLV Special Awards in the gift or the VLV Trustees, Roberts Radio and Arqiva

The VLV Naomi Sargant Award:  Michael Mosley

This year the award goes to Michael Mosley who, as a science producer worked with presenters who ranged from Lord Winston to Jeremy Clarkson. More recently, as a presenter of medical programmes, he has submitted himself to research which revealed that he shares characteristics with psychopaths, and has popularized the 5.2 diet.

The VLV Arqiva Most Innovative Contribution to the Use of Digital Media: Springwatch
The Special Award has been selected jointly by Arqiva and the VLV Trustees.  It goes to BBC Two's Springwatch which, together with its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, makes extensive use of social media, the Red Button, live webcams, linked websites reaching out beyond the live programmes so that people can learn and engage beyond transmission. 

The VLV Robert Radio Special Award (in the gift of Roberts Radio):   

Neil MacGregor OM, AO, FSA
The VLV Roberts Radio Special Award has been won this year by the retiring British Museum Director Neil Macgregor for his outstanding radio series Germany: memories of a nation and his History of the World in 100 Objects.

The VLV Special Trustees Award:  Gillian Reynolds MBE

The VLV Special Award, awarded by the Trustees, goes this year to journalist and broadcaster Gillian Reynolds MBE in recognition of her support for the concept of public service broadcasting and of course in particular for radio.   

Read nominations for 2014 awards here

 


Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2013
 

The broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough was honoured with a special award for his decades-long contribution to public service broadcasting by the Voice of the Listener & Viewer.

The full list of awards:

VLV Awards (nominated and voted for by VLV members)

Best Radio Programme: The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4

Best New Radio Programme: Inside Science, BBC Radio 4

Best individual contribution to Radio:  Jim Al-Khalil

Best TV Programme: University Challenge. BBC Two

Best New Television Programme: Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, BBC Two

Best Individual Contribution to Television:  Clare Balding OBE

VLV Special Awards (in the gift of the Trustees of VLV)

30th Anniversary Award for his contribution to public service broadcasting

Sir David Attenborough OM CH


The VLV Naomi Sargant Award:  Professor Simon Schama

The VLV Naomi Sargant Educational Award is named after the distinguished adult educator who believed passionately in life-long learning.  Naomi Sargent was Vice Chancellor of the Open University and Channel 4’s first commissioning editor for educational programmes.  The award was presented to Professor Simon Schama reflecting his acclaimed history broadcasts, including The Story of the Jews, broadcast on BBC 2 in 2013.

The VLV Multiplatform Award: BBC Proms 2013

VLV Children’s Television Award: Anne Wood, Ragdoll Productions

The VLV Robert Radio Special Award (in the gift of Roberts Radio):   Nicholas Parsons CBE

 

Voice of the Listener & Viewer Awards for
Excellence in Broadcasting 2012 

Sandi-Toksvig-and-Lewis-Rudd.pngThe awards were presented by Sandi Toksvig; she and Lewis Rudd made a great team with much laughter throughout.  Everyone was especially delighted that Andrew Marr was able to collect the Best Radio Award for Start the Week.   

  

 

VLV Awards (nominated and voted for by VLV members only)

Best Radio Programme: Start the Week  BBC Radio 4

Best New Radio Programme: The Listening Project BBC Radio 4

Best individual
contribution to Radio:  James Naughtie

Best TV Programme: Great British Train Journeys BBC Two

Best New Television Programme: The Secret History of our Streets  BBC Two

Best Individual Contribution to Television:  Jon Snow

VLV Special Awards (in the gift of the Board of VLV and the Voice of the Listener Trust)

The VLV Naomi Sargant Award:  Dan Snow

The VLV Multiplatform Award: BBC Olympics London 2012

The VLV Robert Radio Special Award (in the gift of Roberts Radio)   Sandi Toksvig

VLV has given the VLV Multiplatform Award which recognises a programme or series which utilises the best elements of the various platforms now available to broadcasters. The VLV Board and Voice of the Listener Trustees have selected the BBC's Olympic London 2012 coverage.

The VLV Naomi Sargant Educational Award is also in the gift of the Trustees and Board.   This year the award goes to Dan Snow reflecting his contribution to the current golden era of history programmes which our awards have marked this year.

The VLV Roberts Radio Award 2012 was won by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.