Kent Press & Broadcast Awards Finalists


We reduced the number of categories this year due to the ongoing pandemic but still received 70 entries for the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2021. After considering each individual entry, the panel of judges met (via Zoom, obviously) to decide the finalists, which are listed below. 

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Eurotunnel

  • Amanda Akass, BBC South East

  • Claire Starr, BBC South East

  • Josie Hannett, BBC South East 

  • Zoie O’Brien, BBC South East 

Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • Jane Wenham-Jones, The Isle of Thanet News

  • Melissa Todd, The Isle of Thanet News

  • Seb Reilly, The Isle of Thanet News

  • Simon Finlay, Downs Mail

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Kent Design/er of the Year
  • Ashley Austen, KM Media Group

  • Jonathan Brewer, BBC South East

  • MMM Magazine

  • Paul Acres, KM Media Group

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by Digitom Video Production​​
  • Colin Campbell, BBC South East

  • Derek Johnson, ITV Meridian

  • Joe Coshan, KMTV

  • Phil Wellbrook, KMTV

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Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print), sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson​​
  • Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette

  • Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

  • Rhys Griffiths, Kent Messenger / KentOnline

  • Seb Reilly, Broadstairs Beacon 

Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group


  • Katya Fowler, KMTV

  • Ollie Collins, KMTV

  • Sean Delaney, Dartford Messenger / Gravesend Messenger

  • Tommaso Dimiddio, KMTV   

Kent Print Journalist of the Yearsponsored by Southeastern

  • Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette

  • Katie Heslop, Kent Messenger

  • Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

  • Marijke Hall, Thanet Extra

The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket
  • Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent

  • Joe Coshan, KMTV

  • Juliette Parkin, BBC South East 

  • Ollie Collins, KMTV

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The 2020 Award, sponsored by BAE Systems


  • Downs Mail

  • KMTV

  • MMM Magazine - NHS edition

  • The Isle of Thanet News 

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