VLV regrets BBC Trust decision on BBC Three

Move of BBC Three to an online-only channel deeply regretted by the VLV

The Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) deeply regrets the announcement yesterday, 30 June 2015, made by the BBC Trust that it provisionally approves the BBC Executive proposal to move BBC Three online only.

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV,  said “BBC Three provides a real alternative for comedy and factual programming.  Moving it to an online-only platform disenfranchises many viewers and undermines the case for universal programming supported by a universal licence fee.” 

The VLV hopes that the BBC Trust will reconsider its position during its second phase consultation later in the summer.

In its response to the BBC Trust's consultation in February 2015,  the VLV said it opposed its closure as a broadcast channel.   High quality, engaging content on television across a range of genres which appeals to a range of different ages and demographics is essential if we are to be a well-informed society and maintain our democratic engagement with the world around us. (read VLV's full response here).

The VLV values the contribution BBC Three makes in engaging a younger adult audience (16-34 year olds) with issues which are important to all of us.  It achieves its most important purposes through current affairs and factual output which are distinctively different from other programming available on television in the UK.

While the VLV welcomed the proposals to be more innovative with the iPlayer, reflecting trends in the rest of the market, its response said that it did not believe that this should be at the cost of BBC Three remaining on a broadcast platform.  The VLV believes that the BBC’s online platforms should play a complementary role to the BBC’s broadcast services.

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1 July 2015

Further information from Colin Browne on colin@colinbrowne.com

01285 740433 or 07733 103800


       Notes to editors

  1. One of the major areas of VLV's work is to respond to public consultations on broadcasting held by government, regulators and broadcasters. VLV has responded to many major public consultations concerned with broadcasting and media policy - making the case for public service broadcasting and ensuring that the interests of viewers and listeners are kept in mind. 

  2. The VLV responded to the BBC Trust's consultation on the Public Value Test of the BBC Executive's proposals for the closure of BBC Three as a broadcast channel.   The full response can be read here.
  3. 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 .  VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  4. For 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups. 
  5. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its newly appointed President.  She succeeded Jocelyn Hay, who founded VLV in 1983 and was its president until her death in 2014.

General inquiries

Sue Washbrook (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)

VLV Office 01474 338716; email: info@vlv.org.uk or

Dinah Garrett (Friday to Monday and out of office hours)

0208 994 7252 or email: dinah.garrett@outlook.com

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