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Geldof joins council's TV station
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof has made his home in Kent for more than 20 years
Bob Geldof has announced he is joining with Kent County Council to launch the authority's new internet TV service.

The singer and activist's company, Ten Alps, will run the broadband service, which will publicise key services and debate major local issues.

It is due to begin in the autumn, and could also be screened in libraries, public buildings and shopping centres.

Geldof, from Faversham, said he was looking forward to helping Kent "enter an exciting new era of communication".

Kent TV also promises to showcase tourist attractions, provide a what's on guide, and promote the area to companies in the hope of creating new jobs in the county.

'Real connection'

The two-year pilot scheme will cost 200,000 to set up plus 600,000 a year to run, although the council hopes advertising and sponsorship will eventually fund the project.

Geldof said he had lived in Faversham for 23 years and was looking forward to being involved in a venture that he had "a real connection" with.

"Essentially I think it can't help but be this massive instant communication device between the council and the people in Kent," he said.

He said he believed Kent County Council was leading the way of the future with the project.

"As we get deeper and deeper broadband, then more and more information will be used, and I think it will be used for all sorts of applications that the council haven't even dreamt of yet."

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