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Gavin Esler to host Kent Press & Broadcast Awards

January, 2017

Award-winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist Gavin Esler will host this year’s Kent Press & Broadcast Awards ceremony.

Known for his work at the BBC, Gavin is currently the main presenter of Dateline London on the BBC News Channel and can often be seen on the World Service.

Entries are now open for the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards, which is organised by Tunbridge Wells-based PR and marketing agency Maxim.

Now in its third year, the scheme is designed to celebrate and reward regional and local journalism. There are 14 categories covering print, broadcast, digital, social media and design with an awards ceremony taking place at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury on Friday, 14 July 2017.

Gavin Esler graduated from the University of Kent in 1974 and is currently chancellor there. He became a junior reporter at the Belfast Telegraph before joining the BBC as their Northern Ireland reporter and eventually going on to present Newsnight for 11 years. In the mid eighties he also presented Newsroom South East, the forerunner to BBC South East Today.

Gavin Esler said: “I have strong links with Kent and Canterbury in particular so I’m very pleased to be presenting the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards there. Local journalism still has a vital role to play in society so it’s important to recognise those working hard in the industry, often behind the scenes.”

Over the past two decades Gavin has interviewed a wide range of people from world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, Tony Blair, King Abdullah of Jordan, President Chirac and President Clinton to stars including Jose Carreras, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz.

Philip Jones, director at Maxim, commented: “We are so pleased Gavin agreed to host the awards this year. As a well-respected journalist, writer and reporter who has worked his way up through the ranks, he is the ideal choice to inspire and entertain the local media.

“We couldn’t run this not-for-profit scheme without the support of the Kent organisations that are backing the awards. Without the sponsors, many of which are returning for a third year, the scheme would not exist.”

The 14 categories for the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2017 are:

  • Kent Young Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover
  • Press Photographer of the Year
  • Newspaper Design/er of the Year, sponsored by Lightmaker
  • Magazine Design/er of the Year
  • Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Shepherd Neame
  • Kent Columnist of the Year
  • Best Use of Social Media, sponsored by Eurotunnel
  • Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket
  • Kent Feature Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Saga
  • Kent Print Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Benenden Hospital
  • Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Barretts Motor Group
  • Kent Digital Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Arriva Southern Counties
  • Kent Magazine of the Year, sponsored by Digitom
  • Kent Newspaper of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern


A panel of independent experts will judge the awards, with a shortlist announced in May.

To find out more, visit www.kpbawards.co.uk.
 

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