Voice of the Listener & Viewer

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 TV and radio 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 and makes the case for public service broadcasting which ensures the interests of viewers and listeners are kept in mind.


In December 2018 VLV invited its members to complete a questionnaire so that VLV could reflect their views in its submission to the BBC, which is deliberating whether to continue the concession of free TV licences for households which include someone aged 75 or over.

80% of those who responded to the VLV questionnaire oppose the concession continuing in its current form. VLV members overwhelmingly oppose the agreement made between the government and the BBC in 2015 whereby the BBC took on responsibility for funding free TV licences for the over 75s. They would like a reversal of this decision. They do not support the BBC being responsible for what they consider to be ‘welfare policy’ by deciding who should be taxed and who not. VLV members believe the cost of paying for the free licences for over 75s should revert to being paid by the Government. 

You can read the press release VLV has issued here.

A recent survey of VLV members revealed they overwhelmingly opposed the BBC taking on the cost of free TV licences for the over 75s. Read a full report on this survey.

VLV will be highlighting this issue at its Spring Conference on May 9th. Find out more about the event.


We were delighted that Tim Davie CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BBC Studios and Director, BBC Global, and Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, spoke at the VLV Autumn Conference this year alongside some of the other leaders of UK broadcasting.

Ian Katz, Tim Davie, Alan Yentob, Janine Gibson

As well as the future of the BBC and Channel 4, a range of issues were discussed at this conference, including the current BBC consultation on free TV licences for the over 75’s and prominence for public service channels and applications.

In addition to our keynote speakers we had two panel sessions. The first, chaired by Alan Yentob, former Creative Director of the BBC, explored the impact of the global subscription services such as Netflix on UK public service broadcasting. Leading British independent producers Peter Kosminsky. Sue Vertue, Cat Lewis and Peter Fincham were on the panel.

The second panel session debated who sets the news agenda at a time when bulletins are dominated by Brexit and events surrounding Donald Trump. This debate was chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, former Editor in Chief and Chief Executive of ITN, who was joined by Jonathan Levy, Director of Newsgathering at Sky News, Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief at BuzzFeed UK, and Jamie Angus, Director of BBC World Service Group.

Jocelyn Hay Lecture 2018: Professor Mary Beard DBE

Photo copyright: Michael Bowles

Professor Mary Beard delivered the annual Jocelyn Hay Lecture on 23rd October at the Geological Society. Her lecture, What happens to history on television?, covered a wide range of issues and celebrated the diversity of history programming currently on UK TV.



The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) enables the consumer voice to be heard by broadcasters and those concerned with broadcasting policy...

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VLV'S Aims

Voice of the Listener & Viewer's aims are to:

  • Safeguard the quality, diversity and editorial integrity of broadcast programmes
  • Promote wider choice of high quality programmes...
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The Voice of the Viewer & Listener are passionate believers, as I am, in the importance of high quality broadcasting for the cultural and scientific future of this nation. At a time when traditional broadcasters like the BBC are under threat it is more important than ever that organisations like the VLV give voice to those who those who would otherwise not be heard.

Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley

It (VLV) has emerged as the most important champion of television and radio consumers by consistently pressing for the retention and extension of high-quality public service broadcasting

Roy Greenslade

Roy Greenslade

The BBC's senior managers regard it (VLV) as the only organisation that speaks from the licence-payer's perspective while offering passionate support for public service broadcasting

Tim Luckhurst

Tim Luckhurst

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