University shortlisted in Guardian University Awards 2018 for KMTV collaboration

The University has been shortlisted in the Guardian University Awards 2018 for its partnership with the KM Media Group to establish KMTV, the UK’s first university-led local television station.

The annual awards showcase the best in British higher education with 16 categories covering every aspect of university activity.

Kent’s submission to the Business Collaboration category describes how KMTV helps ‘equip students for professional success while also driving localism with a quality community news service’.

Denise Everitt, the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, said: ‘It is very pleasing to be shortlisted for this award because KMTV is a unique collaboration that brings great employability benefit to our students and also provides a valuable service for the community.

‘Working with the KM Group, with its 200-year history of providing news coverage in Kent, also provides a unique opportunity to engage with our local community and showcase our activities.’

KMTV’s Freeview programming regularly draws a live audience of more than 50,000 and the station has a rapidly growing social media base with almost 13,000 followers. Streaming via the KM Group website expands access to programming and reaches millions of online viewers.

The station’s Ofcom licence runs until 25 November 2025 and the partners are considering expanding the channel’s footprint to central and East Kent, to reach communities across the whole region. Quality local journalism supports local communities, promotes local enterprise and enhances local democracy.

The long-term ambition is to make KMTV the ‘go-to’ choice for local news in Kent, acting as a driving force behind the revival of localism.The winners of the Guardian University Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 24 April.