VLV Awards for programmes broadcast in 2015

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 were all honoured by VLV members at the annual VLV Awards for Excellence on 19th April 2016. 

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

Gillian Reynolds, herself the recipient of a special award last year, presented the  awards.  

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:


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


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