VLV Awards for programmes broadcast in 2014

Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey, Springwatch, Countryfile, The News Quiz, Composer of the Week and BBC World Service honoured by VLV members at the annual VLV Awards on 2 June 2015 at the VLV Spring Conference. 

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.


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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


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