VLV Spring Conference update


What next for Public Service Broadcasting?

VLV’s Spring Conference gives early opportunity
to consider post-Election implications

The Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) has announced the speakers for its 32nd Annual Spring Conference, together with nominations for its Annual Awards. The Conference and Awards Ceremony will take place on 2 June at the Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

Read the full programme here

BBC Director of News James Harding opens the conference, talking about his vision for BBC News as the debate starts in earnest about the BBC's Charter Review and licence fee settlement.  ITV's Director of Television Peter Fincham looks at the PSB landscape from ITV's perspective and Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of the RadioCentre discusses where commercial radio fits. Writer and broadcaster Trevor Dann joins her.  Session chairs are Robin Lustig, Torin Douglas and Gillian Reynolds. Steve Hewlett will chair a panel session including former BBC Trustee Richard Tait and media analyst Claire Enders looking at what the election results and appointment of John Whittingdale as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport means for public service broadcasting.

Colin Browne, VLV Chairman, said: ‘Broadcasting is entering another period of radical change, driven by market, technological and political considerations. This Conference will give us an early opportunity to take stock following the General Election.’


VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2014 

During the conference the VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2014 will  be presented by James Naughtie.  These awards are always valued by the recipients as they are nominated and voted for by VLV members - their viewers and listeners.  Read The full list of nominations.  The winners will be announced on 2 June.  VLV is grateful for the support from Roberts Radio and Arqiva for the Awards.  Three new awards will be presented this year:  Digital Radio Station of the year, Digital Television Station of the Year and Most Innovative Contribution to the use of Digital Media.  Two Special Awards, in the gift of the Trustees, will also be announced - the Naomi Sargant Award and the Special Award for a major contribution to Public Service Broadcasting.


 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.   Journalists are welcom e to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716


    3.      Conference bookings

To book online for the conference please go to Eventbrite (book here) on VLV's conference page  or download the booking form there

Or email Sue Washbrook on sue.washbrook@vlv.org.uk or call 01474 338716

4.   The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on at vlv-dev.extrawebsites.co.uk   

5. 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.

6. 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. 

3. 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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