Tributes to Kent broadcaster Martin Jackson
Martin Jackson, a leading figure in Kent and national media, has
died after a long illness. He was 75.
Mr Jackson, from Hawkhurst, was a founding director of
Television South (TVS), the television broadcaster for Kent and the
South East before ITV Meridian won the franchise. He was a key
figure behind the development of the Maidstone Studios which
continue to play a key role in television and media to this
He was a journalist for 60 years and spent 21 years in Fleet
Street, working for the Daily Express, where he was Radio and TV
Editor, before moving to a similar role at Daily Mail. He also
contributed to The Times, The Independent, the Mail on Sunday and
the Evening Standard.
He edited Broadcast Magazine, and was a regular panellist on
ATV's original New Faces and BBC Radio 4's "The News Quiz".
He was committed to the growth of film and television production
in Kent and was a director of Southern Screen Commission and
founder of Screen South.
He wrote a media column for the KM Group monthly Kent Business
for more than 15 years and was its longest-serving contributor. Mr
Jackson was also a member of Kent TV advisory board.
Trevor Sturgess, business editor of the KM Group, said. "Martin
was a talented journalist who never missed a deadline in all the
many years he wrote for Kent Business. Even when he was in
hospital, he was dictating his column from his bed.
"He enjoyed an amazing career, and had a fund of stories about
show business people he had met. He was a towering figure in Kent's
media scene, and his knowledge and insights will be greatly missed.
Our sympathy goes out to his family at this sad time."
He leaves a widow Maureen - they had been together for 43 years
- three daughters, one grandson and a second on the way.
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