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HTFP: Kent County Council to scrap controversial TV channel

Kent TV, the TV channel run by Kent County Council and the subject of a long-running battle with local newspaper the Kent Messenger, will be axed, the local authority confirmed yesterday.

The cost to the taxpayer of the channel, which was launched in September 2007 as a pilot project, is estimated by Holdthefrontpage.co.uk as in the region of £1.8 million.

The pilot period was due to come to an end next month and council leader Paul Carter said further spending on the channel could not be justified in the current economic climate.

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Newspaper Awards announces nominees

UK regional titles will compete against nationals for this year’s electronic news site and best use of new media prizes at the 2009 Newspaper Awards, according to the full listings on HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.

Websites for the Belfast Telegraph and Kent Messenger’s Kent Online will go head-head-head with BBC.co.uk, FT.com, Guardian.co.uk, Telegraph.co.uk and Times Online in the news site category.

Candidates for best use of new media include Exeter’s Express&Echo for Kellow’s Bootlaces, FT.com’s Alphaville and the Henley Standard website.

Also of note – the award dedicated to: ‘Most Significant Contribution to Future Newspaper Success’, for which the nominees are:

  • Cambridge News – Video content
  • Crain’s Manchester Business
  • FT Weekend – Re-design
  • Guardian & Observer – Subscriber project
  • ncjmedia – Northumberland strategy
  • ncjmedia – Rising Stars

Elsewhere the International Newspaper Award is dominated by German representatives, with the Augsburger Allgemeine, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and the Nordkurier all nominated.

The awards are run in cooperation with Fujifilm and the Production Journal celebrating the crème de la crème in newspaper and news media production. The winners will be announced at ceremony on April 22 in London Hilton.