Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Minutes of Evidence


About Public Voice


  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 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 are partners in the enterprise of television rather than simply as sources of revenue.

  The Community Media Association founded in 1983, is the UK association for Community Media. Its members include community-based radio, television and Internet projects, voluntary organisations and individuals. The CMA supports people to establish and develop Community Media. It provides information, advice, training and consultancy, it produces publications and organises events, and it represents the interest of Community Media to Government, regulators and the media industry.

  The Media Trust works in partnership with the media and communications industry to resource the communications needs of the charitable, voluntary and community sector. The Media Trust provides media advice, training, video and TV production, and offers volunteering opportunities for media professionals. The Media Trust runs the Community Channel, the UK's first charity television channel, broadcasting free-to-view on Sky digital.

  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.

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