A round up of key recent events in communications
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TOP FOUR STORIES
Kent CC is to drop its internet channel, which was launched in 2007 and has cost £600,000 a year to run. Leader Paul Carter (Con) said Kent TV was “a bold innovation” but spending had to be prioritised. The station’s output included council news and Hollywould, an interactive soap opera. (LGCplus report)
The Scottish Government is to give councils new powers to put public notices online instead of in local newspapers. The move could save £6m a year but provoked warnings that it could cause further financial problems for the local press. (LGCplus report)
Labour MP Austin Mitchell claimed he was humiliated by the producers of a fly-on-the-wall TV programme in which he and other MPs lived on a council housing estate for a week. He said Tower Block of Commons had sought to ridicule MPs rather than make a case for improved social housing. (LGCplus report)
Socitm Insight has found that councils used social media to communicate with their residents during the bad weather earlier this year. It said there was growing evidence councils were using global social networks as hyperlocal community websites. (LGCplus report)
Digital spring clean for city streets (LGCplus report)
Preston’s new media blue plaque tour (LGCplus report)
- Lib Dems: Local news can’t survive without government (Press Gazette report)
Bundred fights back over lobbying claim (LGCplus report)
Council uses pop art on refuse lorries (LGCplus report)
Socitm national conference, 22 March, Birmingham.