University of Kent ktv

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University of Kent ktv

Kent Television (KTV) is the student-led television society at the University of Kent, Canterbury and is a media division of the University’s student union, Kent Union.[1] KTV was founded in May 2012 and within its first year has gone on to win 3 awards at NaSTA 2013, worked with the SU (Kent Union) and the university to gain a new Student Media Centre on the university campus and hit over 125,000 views on its YouTube Channel. Currently the channel has 250,000 views and over 700 subscribers, along with an additional 2 more awards at NaSTA 2015.


KTV was founded by Robert Linton and David Horler early 2012. Initially, it was set up because they both found there was no society on campus that just let people go out and film things and make shows/films. With the help of Kent Union and Mel Lewis (Student Media Manager 2011 – 2013) KTV became a society in April 2012, and the first video was uploaded on 17 May 2012 and can be found here. At the end of the 2011/12 academic year KTV had also covered both of the big music festivals on campus Keynestock and the Kent Union Summerball.

University of Kent ktv


At the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year KTV launched with a massive freshers campaign on-line and on-campus, by having a huge presence on Facebook and Twitter and recording freshers shows outside in the centre of campus for all to see. Still a new society, though making its first steps to Student Media status, this method was used to gain view, followers, subscribers and likes but also to gain a new membership. The membership was around 12 at the end of the last term but grew to around 40 within the first few weeks of term, and as of March 2013 the membership stands at exactly 50.

During this year KTV covered many event at the university including Varsity and the Union Elections. Both of these events were broadcast live to a large audience, utilising the JANET System.

KTV also hosted and organised a charity event alongside CSR 97.4FM (Canterbury Student Radio) and InQuire (UKC Student Newspaper) entitled Going Live for Catching Lives, shortened to Awakefor48. This was a 48hr live student media marathon in which both the radio station and KTV simultaneously went live for 48 hours to raise money for a local homeless charity, Catching Lives. This event brought together all three student media groups, and was our first ever live broadcast, raising over £1500.

Although throughout the year KTV covered many events they did start producing some original content, such as KTV Cookbook, KTV News, Second Choice (sitcom written by KTV Members) and a series of short features for Christmas 2012.

KTV also joined the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) and at the 2013 awards and conference hosted by XTV they won 3 awards.

In the Summer Term KTV returned to Keynestock (UKC Music Festival) and broadcast the whole 9 hour music festival live.

University of Kent ktv

Who are we?

We are a society that is dedicated in bringing you professional and entertaining shows from the latest news happening on campus, entertainment shows to the latest Dramas we have on offer. KTV is a 3 year old station and has already achieved so much thanks to the incredibly talented teams that dedicate themselves to giving you the best we can offer. To see what KTV can offer you, take a look at our best bits from 2014/15 below.


Do you enjoy watching dramas or films? Do you enjoy watching entertaining television? How about knowing the latest on news and sports? KTV offers all of the above with programs being broadcasted on a regular basis. The current program departments we have are Drama, News, Sport and Entertainment. To see the videos they have produced, click on one of their icons below!

University of Kent ktv

Station Manager

Annie Pilnik is Station Manager. She looks after the running of the entire of the station; ensuring all departments are running smoothly, following KTV guidelines and creating quality programmes.


Communications Manager

Alayna Marsh is Communications Manager. She oversees the marketing of the station including social media, graphic design and events.