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
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.


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


  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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