Voice of the Listener & Viewer

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Voice of the Listener & Viewer
Formation 1983
Legal status Non-profit organisation
Purpose Pressure group
Region served
United Kingdom
Membership
1,500
Chairman
Colin Browne
Website VLV

The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (originally just Voice of the Listener), is a British consumer group, championing public service broadcasting, founded in 1983 by Jocelyn Hay.[1] In 2008, The Telegraph described Hay as "possibly the best lobbyist in the whole UK".[2]

The BBC describe VLV as a "respected pressure group".[3]

Campaigns in which the organisation has been involved include:

  • Challenged the Peacock Committee's proposals in 1986 to privatise Radio 1 and Radio 2
  • Opposing advertising on the BBC
  • Opposing the loss of the long wave frequency on BBC R4 in the 1990s.
  • Opposing ITV's withdrawal from children's television production and its regional commitments after the Communications Act 2003.

Awards[edit]

The group also gives awards each year to radio persons and shows, voted for by members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voice of the Listener & Viewer's Jocelyn Hay dies". Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Gillian. "Radio's unsung consumer champion". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Voice of the Listener and Viewer founder Jocelyn Hay dies". BBC.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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