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Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2023 open for entries

March, 2023

The Kent Press & Broadcast Awards (KPBA), the not-for-profit scheme designed to celebrate and reward local journalism, are now open for entries.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are organised by Tunbridge Wells-based PR, marketing and public affairs agency Maxim.

Rachel Knight, Director at Maxim, said: “In this constantly connected world where news is instantaneous, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the local journalist, who keeps their eyes and ears on the ground and highlights the important stories from our area, reminding us the news in our road or town is just as important as that taking place elsewhere in the world.

“It’s the county’s journalists who hold local councils and businesses to account and champion the cause of individuals, and it is these journalists and their dedication to their community who we are celebrating in these awards.

An independent judging panel reviews every awards entry and this year includes new judges Elaine Bruce, a former BBC News journalist and editor; Anthony France, crime correspondent for the Evening Standard; John Warnett, a retired radio journalist with more than 30 years’ experience and Adrian Wills, a former newspaper and ITV broadcast journalist.

They join experienced judges Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; Sian Elvin, a national journalist and editor; 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 entrants from the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2022.  

Rachel added: “We’re incredibly grateful to our judges who give their time free of charge – they’re all experts in their field. In conjunction with the panel, we review the categories every year and there have been some small changes. For example, we recognise many photos used in the press are taken by reporters when they’re out and about, so now anyone can enter ‘Kent Image of the Year’, as long as the photo has been published in print or online.

“As a not-for-profit scheme, we couldn’t run KPBA without the generous support from our sponsors, many of which have been with us since the beginning. There are still a few opportunities left to sponsor a category so do get in touch if you’d like to know more about the benefits.”  

KPBA will culminate in an awards ceremony at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, on Friday, 14 July 2023.

The categories are:

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, 5 May 2023 with finalists announced towards the end of June. To find out more, visit

For information on becoming a category sponsor, contact Rachel Knight on 07941 697601 or email

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