VLV Awards for excellence in Broadcasting 2015 - Winners and Nominations

The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) winners’ ceremony took place on Tuesday 19 April at the Geological Society in London during VLV’s  Annual Spring Conference, Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice?

Awards were presented across many aspects of television and radio with programmes, individuals and channels nominated and voted for by VLV members – their viewers and listeners.   Last year’s winners included Professor Brian Cox and Neil McGregor along with Downton Abbey and Springwatch, Countryfile and The News Quiz.   The full list of the 2015 winners and nominees are below.   

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said “Winners tell us they really value these awards, because they know that they are voted for by listeners and viewers who share a passion for quality in broadcasting, but are not media insiders. This year's awards demonstrate that the UK continues to enjoy much broadcasting of an unsurpassed quality and originality. This stems from the unique ecology of UK broadcasting, which we must fight to maintain.”

The VLV Annual Awards celebrated the breadth of public service broadcasting and will be announced during the Spring Conference Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice? on 19 April.    The conference enabled VLV members and colleagues to air concerns about the key issues surrounding BBC Charter Review and the future of Channel 4 as well as the broader topic of public service broadcasting.      Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport spoke along with David Abrahams, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and Charlotte Moore, newly appointed Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer.      



VLV Awards (nominated and voted for by VLV members)




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


Best TV News and Factual Programme Channel 4 News


Best TV Children’s Programme Clangers CBeebies/Coolabi


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


Best TV Individual Contributor Jon Snow


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






Best Drama and Comedy Programme Book of the Week Radio 4


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


Best Music and Arts Programme A Good Read Radio 4


Best individual contributor to Radio James Naughtie


VLV Arqiva Digital Radio Station of the Year Classic FM




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.  


A full list of the nominees can be viewed here


updated 25th April 2016



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