Shadow Culture Secretary joins speakers for VLV Conference


Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Bryant MP joins the speakers' list at the VLV Annual Spring Conference - What next for Public Service Broadcasting? - next Tuesday,  2 June.   He will take part in a panel considering the implications of the General Election result for public service broadcasting.  VLV Chairman Colin Browne said "We are delighted that Chris is joining us.  He has a long and distinguished track record in broadcasting and it will be fascinating to get the opposition perspective on the key issues. It promises to be a lively panel!"

Speakers at the Conference include:

  • James Harding, BBC Director for news and current affairs, chaired by Robin Lustig 
  • Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV, in conversation with Torin Douglas
  • Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of the RadioCentre, with writer and broadcaster Trevor Dann, chaired by Gillian Reynolds
  • and Steve Hewlett chairs the panel with Chris Bryant MP, former BBC Trustee Richard Tait and media analyst Dr Alice Enders.

"The VLV is pleased", said Colin Browne, "to have assembled such an impressive range of speakers. We are looking forward to a very successful conference."

Additionally  the  VLV’s Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2014 will be presented by James Naughtie, who of course has been an award winner himself.  In addition to the television and radio awards there is a special award for someone who has made a major contribution to public service broadcasting over many years.

Read the full programme here

Read nominations for awards here


Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on or call 01474  338716



Further information from Colin Browne on

01285 740433 or 07733 103800

For all general press and media enquiries please call:

Sue Washbrook (Tuesday to Thursday during office hours)

VLV Office 01474 338716; email: or

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

0208 994 7252 or email:

Notes to Editors

1.    The Voice of the Listener & Viewer’s 32nd Spring conference takes place on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at The Geological Society in Piccadilly, Burlington House,  London, W1J 0BG from 10.30 am to 3.45 pm.  

        2.     Conference bookings

To book online for the conference please go to Eventbrite or email Sue Washbrook  or call her on 01474 338716


3.   The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found here.    

4. 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.

5. 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. 

6. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne.   Dame Colette Bowe is its newly appointed President.  She succeeds Jocelyn Hay, who founded VLV in 1983, its president until her death in 2014.


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