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Winners announced for the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2019

July, 2019

Kent’s media gathered for the fifth Kent Press & Broadcast Awards ceremony where more than 30 awards were presented to recognise work in broadcast, digital and print journalism.

The ceremony, which took place at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury, on Friday 12 July is a celebration of local journalism.

Organised by Kent-based PR and marketing agency, Maxim, the event was hosted by ITV’s Nina Hossain, an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience. An advocate of increased opportunities for budding journalists without the privilege of a prestigious education, Nina covered the London 2012 Olympics and has picked up three Royal Television Society Awards. 

Award-winning journalist Nina Hossain, host of the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2019

Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “We had 149 entries this year, making it our most popular year to date, and that meant the most attendees ever. We’ve already had some great feedback on the ceremony itself and it’s great to know how much it means to people to win an award. As a not-for-profit scheme, we must say a huge thank you to the sponsors who make it all possible.” 

In consultation with the judges, this year some changes were made to the 15 categories, to better reflect the work taking place in Kent’s newsrooms. 

The Kent Press & Broadcast Awards entries are judged by an independent, expert panel consisting of: Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; PA photographer Gareth Fuller; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; Gillian Hargreaves, who spent 25 years with BBC news; journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale; sports journalist and lecturer Graham Jones; Rebecca Smith, former senior editor for Kent Regional News and Media; and Leo Whitlock, a local newspaper journalist for more than 20 years, much of which was spent at the KM Media Group. 

The winners and highly commended finalists at the 2019 Kent Press & Broadcast Awards. 

The full results are as follows: 

Best Use of Digital Media, sponsored by Eurotunnel

Winner:  KentOnline
Highly Commended:  Lauren MacDougall, Kent Live
Stuart Maisner, BBC South East
‘cene magazine

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Westwood Cross

Winner:  Colin Campbell, BBC South East
Highly Commended:  Lauren Moss, BBC South East
Poppy Jeffery, KMTV
Louisa Britton, KMTV

Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Winner:  Rachel Dixon, Medway Messenger
Highly Commended:  Ed McConnell, Medway, Gravesend and Dartford Messengers
Nikki White, Medway Messenger
Chris Hunter, Gravesend and Dartford Messengers

Commitment to the Community, sponsored by Saga

Winner (individual):  John Nurden, Sheerness Times Guardian
Winner (team):  Thanet Extra – Thanet Community Awards 
Hythe Life
Kent Messenger

Kent Design(er) of the Year, sponsored by The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Winner:  Dave Hobday, Folkestone & Hythe Express / Gravesend Messenger
Highly Commended:  ‘cene magazine
Bygone Kent
Mark Eastham, Kent Messenger / Kentish Gazette / What’s On

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year, sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Winner:  Sam Supple, BBC South East
Highly Commended:  Ben Ashton, Kent Live
Derek Johnson, ITV Meridian
Marijke Hall, Kentish Gazette Series

Kent Magazine of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach South East

Winner:  ‘cene magazine
Highly Commended:  Isle Magazine
Bygone Kent
Sevenoaks Sports

Kent Media Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover

Winner:  kmfm news
Highly Commended:  KMTV
ITV Meridian
Kent Live

Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group

Winner: Will Rider, Kent & Sussex Courier
Highly Commended: Sean Doherty, Kent Live
Katie Boyden, Kent Live
Phil Wellbrook, KMTV

Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by LKM Recycling

Winner:  KentOnline
Highly Commended:  Kent Live
The Isle of Thanet News

Kent Newspaper of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern

Winner:  Kentish Gazette
Highly Commended:  Medway Messenger and The Isle of Thanet News
Kent Messenger 

Kent Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Brachers

Winner:    Matthew Walker, freelance
Highly Commended:    Daisy Watson, ‘cene magazine
Frank Leppard, Kent Live / Isle of Thanet Gazette
John Horton, The Isle of Thanet News

Kent Print Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Benenden Hospital

Winner:    Sean Axtell, Kentish Express / Folkestone & Hythe Express
Highly Commended:    Katie Boyden, Isle of Thanet Gazette
Chloe Holmwood, Sheerness Times Guardian / Sittingbourne News Extra
Amy Nickalls, Medway Messenger

Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by Digitom Video Production

Winner:  BBC South East Today
Highly Commended:  Kent Cooks (KMTV)
ITV News Meridian
KM Football Podcast

The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket

Winner:  Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent 
Highly Commended:  Steve Tervet, Gravesend Messenger
Juliette Parkin, BBC South East
Stephen Page, Kent & Sussex Courier / Kent Live 

For more information and to view all the photos taken at the ceremony, visit

The Maxim KPBA team (L-R): Andrew Metcalf, Rachel Knight, Andy Rayfield, Erica Jones, Philip Jones, Alice Burgess.

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