Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex C


  Public Voice is a voluntary sector network established to support, defend and protect public service broadcasting in all its forms now, and in the future. Public Voice campaigns to ensure that communications reform is led by public interest objectives, such as plurality of voice, impartiality and objectivity in news, diversity and quality of content, right across the market and to ensure there are sufficient safeguards in the future legislation and regulation to make this vision a reality.

  Any voluntary or community organisation can join Public Voice. Our steering committee is made up of a number of agencies who have particular expertise in the voluntary and media sector, but we have a wide and active membership with new supporters arriving every day. Current supporters and members include: NCVO, The Kings Fund, WWF, RSPB, NIACE, CAFOD, Age Concern England, Childline, RNIB, Oxfam, RNID, NFWI, CSV Media and the British Deaf Association.


  Broadcasting Support Services is a charity which has been devising and providing flexible solutions to the public and voluntary sectors and broadcasters since 1975. It offers a full range of services including short- and long-term telephone helplines, donation processing, publishing, new media, fulfilment, Welsh bilingual services and consultancy. BSS provides office space and management support for the Public Voice campaign.

  The Campaign for Quality Television was set up in 1988 to express the concern of programme makers about the then proposed de-regulation of television. After intensive activity around what became the 1990 Broadcasting Act it was re-launched in 1995 and has since published two major reports on the state of British broadcasting. The campaign exists to: promote the value of public service television; ensure choice and quality for all viewers in the UK; ensure that public service television is adequately funded; to promote public debate about television; and to persuade legislators towards policies which are creative and imaginative and which treat the viewers as partners in the enterprise of television rather than simply as sources of revenue.

  The Community Media Association, (formerly the Community Radio Association), was founded in 1983 by audio production workshops, community radio projects, social action broadcasters, media activists and academics. It was set up with the aim to support a third sector of community media services alongside commercial broadcasters and the BBC.

  The Media Trust works in partnership with the media to meet the communications needs of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. It provides advice and support from media and communications professionals for the voluntary sector, makes videos and television programmes for and about the voluntary sector, offers volunteering opportunities for media professionals, and runs the Community Channel, a television channel for the voluntary sector.

  The Third World and Environment Broadcasting Project (3WE) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations concerned with international development, environment and human rights issues. It works for sustained, imaginative and fair media coverage of developing countries, their people and the environment in which they live. 3WE's membership consists of the following leading non-governmental voluntary organisations: ActionAid; CAFOD; Christian Aid; Comic Relief; ITDG; Oxfam; RSPB; Save the Children; United Nations Association-UK; Unicef UK; Voluntary Service Overseas; Worldaware; and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

  The Voice of the Listener and Viewer is an independent non-profitmaking association representing the interests of listeners and viewers across the UK. VLV is concerned with the structures, institutions, funding and regulation that underpin the British broadcasting system, and in particular with the principle of public service in broadcasting. It has over 2,000 individuals, nearly 50 academic departments and organisations and nearly 30 corporate organisations in membership, including RNIB, RNID, RSPB, NSPCC, NFWI, Age Concern England, Help the Aged, IBT and the Parkinson's Disease Society.

  Public Voice is supported by The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.

15 January 2002

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