Archant London and Kent’s weekly title Kent On Sunday scooped a major regional media award yesterday after it was named the best free weekly newspaper across London and the south.
The EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards are acknowledged as the most prestigious for the region, with winners gathering for a special ceremony to reveal the winners on Thursday (November 13) at the Amex Stadium - home of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Kent on Sunday beat off tough opposition from the Ascot, Windsor and Eton Express, Camden New Journal and The Wharf.
And there was further success too for KoS senior reporter Sarah Linney who was highly commended in the feature writer of the year award. She made the final shortlist of five from nearly 30 contenders.
KoS editor Chris Britcher said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award. We set out to provide the people of Kent with an in-depth look at the key issues across the county each and every week and work tirelessly to achieve that. To receive this recognition is extremely gratifying.
“I’d like to pay tribute to my colleagues, past and present, who have all played a major role in this success, and, of course to our loyal advertisers and readers. This has been a real team effort and I’m extremely proud of everyone’s key contribution.”
Judges said of KOS: “Kent on Sunday is a title that’s trying to offer readers something extra to the daily breaking news on the website. A good all-round informative read which tackles some really interesting subjects, from revealing lifestyle features on local people, to thought-provoking stories on the Thames Estuary airport proposal and intelligent business insight.”
The awards were handed out by London 2012 Paralympian Lauren Steadman and Andrew Brown, EDF Energy’s brand sustainability and external communications director.
Mr Brown said: “Over the past decade these awards have become a benchmark and a seal of approval for the great journalism produced across the region. Congratulations to all the winners.”
The event was supported by media website HoldtheFrontPage. Its publisher, Paul Linford, added: “The London and South of England awards have always been highly sought-after within the region and after ten years it’s great to see the level of entries continuing to grow. As usual the standard of those entries was incredibly high and choosing the winners was a tough challenge for the judges.”
Pictured above, editor Chris Britcher (centre) collects Kent on Sunday's award at the EDF Energy Media Awards 2014.
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