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BBC newsreader Simon McCoy is to host this year’s Kent Press and Broadcast Awards ceremony. Entries are now open to celebrate and reward regional and local journalism, with a category sponsored by Digitom for the fourth year in a row.

Known for his dry wit and eye rolls, Simon will be taking a break from presenting Afternoon Live on the BBC News channel to host the KPBA ceremony at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury on Friday, July 13.

Simon McCoy said: “In an age of ‘fake’ news, when you see that local newspapers feature on the CV of any applicant, from a journalistic point of view you know they’re a cut above the rest. I’d go as far as to say that I believe the Grenfell fire may never have happened if there had been a decent independent local newspaper – but as we now know, all the papers in the area were owned by the council. Never underestimate the difference that good local journalism can make to the people it represents.”

The not-for-profit awards are organised by Tunbridge Wells based PR and marketing agency Maxim, Account Director Rachel Knight commented “We’ve made a few changes including expanding the independent judging panel and introducing new categories. To recognise the many journalists at the beginning of their careers, we have introduced Kent New Journalist of the Year for those in their first 12 months of work.”

Digitom's Tom Chown with Kent Magazine of the Year 2017 winners Isle Magazine
Kent Press and Broadcast Award Winners 2017

The 15 categories will be judged by a panel of independent experts and a shortlist announced in May.

Tom Chown, Founder and Creative Director at Digitom said: “We have a particular interest in audio and visual storytelling and are looking forward to seeing which of the county’s TV, radio or internet broadcasters triumphs in the Programme of the Year category.”

Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2018 categories:

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