Thursday 11 February 2010

KMG welcomes scrapping of council tv channel

Regional newspaper publisher Kent Messenger Group has welcomed the decision by Kent County Council to scrap its online television channel Kent TV because of “difficult economic times”.
The council announced its decision this week not to continue the television station, which is provided by Bob Geldof’s Ten Alps, after its two-year pilot finishes in March. The council had originally set aside £1.2 million for a two-year pilot .
Geraldine Allinson, KM Group chairman, said: “We welcome the decision KCC has made to stop KentTV. In Kent we are fortunate to have a forward thinking county council, they are persistent in looking for new, effective ways to deliver services and communicate with the people of Kent.
“There is also a vibrant independent media in Kent and we hope that going forward KCC recognises the strengths and benefits independent local media can bring to help deliver cost effective and innovative communication.”
Local newspaper publishers have been campaigning against council funded newspapers, claiming they threaten the future of the local press.
Via the Newspaper Society

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