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Communications - 4 March 2010

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A round up of key recent events in communications

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR STORIES

Council to switch off Kent TV channel

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)

Online public notice plans unveiled

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)

Council house MP’s anger at fly-on-the-wall TV

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)

Cold weather drove council’s social media

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)

COMMUNICATIONS ROUND-UP

Digital media

Digital spring clean for city streets (LGCplus report)

Preston’s new media blue plaque tour (LGCplus report)

Broadcasting

Public affairs

Bundred fights back over lobbying claim (LGCplus report)

Council uses pop art on refuse lorries (LGCplus report)

Events

Socitm national conference, 22 March, Birmingham.

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