Geldof firm wins right to run Kent TV
Sir Bob snaps up Kent TV contract
A NEW Internet TV service to be launched by Kent County Council is to be operated by a company run by Bob Geldof.
The county council has announced that Ten Alps, which already runs a number of specialist digital and website services, has been awarded a two-year contract to operate “Kent TV”.
‘Sir’ Bob, who has had a home in Faversham for more than 20 years, helped found Ten Alps in 1999, said Kent TV was “a really exciting venture.”
“I think it (Kent TV) is very logical and it really is inevitable. Kent County Council just happens to be the first to be doing it. It will happen every- where and it will become a commonly accepted medium of communication.”
KCC estimates the costs of running Kent TV, due to get underway in September, will be about £1.4million over two years but believes a significant amount will be recouped through advertising and promotion.
KCC Conservative leader Cllr Paul Carter said: “People now want information in all sorts of new formats. I believe this broadband service will connect with all ages and stages of life.”
Kent TV, which will be run from Maidstone’s County Hall headquarters, will broadcast a range of programmes which will be available to people with broadband.
It has faced some criticism from opposition councillors, who say money would be better spent elsewhere.
Nigel Dacre, managing director of Ten Alps, said KCC should be credited for taking the initiative and stressed Kent TV would not be competing with other media organisations when it came to providing news.
That pledge came as council leaders said the channel would comply with Ofcom regulations governing issues such as bias and partiality.
Mr Dacre said: “We believe very strongly that this is a good idea and it is the right time for a broadband service like this. KCC is leading the way and in a few years’ time councils and other public sector organisations will be doing similar things.”
Asked if he was confident Ten Alps would generate enough income to avoid costs falling on the council taxpayer, he said: “This is a really cost-effective way of communicating with residents. The £600,000 per year compared with all the other money that is being spent is relatively small.”
Recruitment for about a dozen jobs associated with the scheme will begin shortly.
Is KCC justified in spending £1.4 million over two years on ‘Kent TV’? Write to Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8JR or email kentishexpress@thekmgr oup.co.uk
Bob Geldof says Kent TV is the way of the future