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Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2023


We received almost 100 entries in 2023. After considering each one, the panel of judges met to decide the finalists. The results were announced at a ceremony on Friday 14 July 2023 and are listed below.

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Le Shuttle

Winner – Josie Hannett, BBC South East Today

Highly commended – Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian


  • Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

  • Kit Bradshaw, ITV News Meridian

  • Sarah Saunders, ITV News Meridian

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

Winner – Steven Keevil, Local Authority

Highly commended – Susan McGowan, Kent Life


  • Claire Campbell, The Isle of Thanet News

  • Ed McConnell, KentOnline

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Kent Designer of the Year, sponsored by Style Brands

Winner – Jonathan Brewer, BBC South East

Highly commended – Ashley Austen, KM Media Group


  • Lorna Morris, insideKENT/A Kentish Ceremony/Kent Staycation/Wine Garden of England Handbook

  • Rhodri Andrews, KMTV

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by Shepherd Neame

​Winner – Derek Johnson, ITV News Meridian 

Highly commended – ​Tony Green, ITV News Meridian


  • Jadzia Samuel, KMTV

  • Jo Burn, BBC Radio Kent

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print & Online), sponsored by MHA​​

Winner – Stuart Maisner, BBC website and BBC South East social media

Highly commended – Chris Hunter, KentOnline / Kent Messenger Series


  • Max Chesson, KentOnline

  • Rhys Griffiths, KentOnline

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Kent Image of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern

Winner – Frank Leppard, freelance

Highly commended – Rhys Griffiths, KentOnline


  • Ruth Cassidy, KentOnline and Kentish Gazette

  • Sarah Bond, Times of Tunbridge Wells

Kent Magazine of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach South East

Winner – 'Cene

Highly commended – West Kent Sport & Wellbeing


  • insideKENT

  • Kent Staycation

Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group

Winner  Millie Bowles, Thanet Extra & Kentish Gazette Series

Highly Commended – Ruth Cassidy, KentOnline & Kentish Gazette


  • Bartholomew Hall, Kent Tonight

  • Daniel Esson, KM Media Group

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Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover

Winner – Local Authority 

Highly commended – ITV News Meridian 


  • KentOnline


Kent Print & Online Journalist of the Yearsponsored by Ashford Designer Outlet

Winner – Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette

Highly commended – Kathy Bailes, The Isle of Thanet News


  • Alex Jee, KentOnline

  • Brad Harper, Kentish Gazette

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Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by Digitom video production

Winner – ITV News Meridian

Highly commended – BBC South East Today


  • Generation Genome, KMTV

  • The Hit List, kmfm

Kent Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Panattoni

Winner – Kathy Bailes, The Isle of Thanet News

Highly commended – Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian


  • Gerry Warren, Kentish Gazette

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

Winner – James Dunn, BBC South East Today

Highly commended – Steve Rowley, West Kent Sport & Wellbeing


  • Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent

  • Jon Phipps & Matt Gerrard, Kent Non-League Podcast

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Kent Voices Award, sponsored by BAE Systems

Winner – Sofia Akin, KMTV    

Highly commended – KentLive


  • Hedi Mehrez, KentLive

  • Megan Samrai, ITV News Meridian

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Rhys Griffiths, KentOnline
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Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

Photos & film from #KPBA 2023

Thanks to Tim Stubbings for the photos from the ceremony.  

Thanks to Digitom video production for the highlights film below.

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