HISTORY

Here is our detailed timeline of KM Media Group.

1717

The Kentish Post was founded. The first newspaper in Kent.


  • 1768

    Kentish Gazette founded and merged with The Kentish Post

  • 1855

    Ashford and Alfred News was founded.

  • 1858

    Ashford and Alfred News renamed Kentish Express & Ashford News.

  • 1859

    Maidstone Telegraph launched, later renamed Kent Messenger.

    Maidstone Telegraph
  • 1861

    Maidstone Telegraph renamed Kent Messenger.

    Kent Messenger
  • 1865

    East Kent Mercury was founded.

    East Kent Mercury
  • 1884

    Barham Pratt Boorman co-founded the Kent Examiner & The Ashford Chronicle.

    Barham Boorman
  • 1890

    Barham Pratt Boorman acquires the Kent Messenger.

  • 1928

    Henry Roy Pratt Boorman becomes publisher, develops the Kent Messenger into ‘the County Paper of Kent’.

  • 1959

    Edwin Boorman joins the business.

    Edwin Boorman
  • 1962

    Kent Life magazine launched.

  • 1968

    Evening Post was launched in the Medway towns.

    Evening Post
  • 1970

    Head Office moves to Larkfield

  • 1971

    Kentish Express joined the group.

    Kentish Express
  • 1980

    Kentish Gazette joins the group (1717).

  • 1981

    The first Extra was launched in Thanet.

  • 1987

    Sheeness Times Guardian and Faversham News joined the group.

    Sheerness Times
  • 1992

    Evening Post was re-named Kent Today.

    Evening Post
  • 1993

    Geraldine joins the group.

    Geraldine Allinson
  • 1995

    Dartford & Swanley Informer joined the Group.

  • 1998

    Gravesend Messenger, Dover Mercury, Adsmart and Kent & Sussex Auto Weekly were launched.

    Gravesend Mesenger
  • 1999

    KentOnline launched.

    Kent Online
  • 2000

    Started to manage radio stations – kmfm Start local video news on KentOnline.

  • 2001

    CTFM (Canterbury radio) and Neptune (radio station in Folkestone and Dover) joined the group.

  • 2002

    Mercury Medway (Medway radio) and Mercury 96.2 & 101.6 FM (Tonbridge Radio) joined the group and were renamed KM-fm for Medway and KM-fm for West Kent respectively. CTFM was renamed KM-fm for Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.

  • 2003

    TLR was renamed KM-fm for Thanet, Neptune was renamed KM-fm for Folkestone, Dover and Deal and Medway Messenger (Monday) was launched on 7th April to supersede Medway Today.

  • 2004

    KM-fm for Folkestone, Dover and Deal was renamed KM-fm for Shepway and White Cliffs Country and Bromley Extra was launched. KMd starts transmission on the Kent DAB multiplex.

  • 2005

    KM Radio rebrand their existing stations, from KM-fm to kmfm, and aim for greater coverage of the county by launching kmfm Ashford.


    KMFM logo
  • 2006

    Chairman Edwin Boorman retires after leading the family company for 46 years. Chairmanship is handed to the fourth generation, his daughter, Geraldine Allinson. Libby Lawson joins the Board.

  • 2007

    Digital Newspapers launched. CTR is rebranded as kmfm to become the seventh in Kent Messenger Group's network of commercial analogue local radio stations.

    Digital Newspapers
  • 2008

    Kent Messenger Group becomes KM Group.


    KM Group
  • 2009

    The company is awarded the title of Environmental Newspaper Company of the Year in The 2009 Newspaper Awards.

  • 2011

    Sittingbourne News Extra (a new paid-for title) is launched.

    Sittingbourne
  • 2012

    Head Office moves to Medway.

  • 2013

    Folkestone & Hythe Express (a new paid-for title) is launched. KMCreate launched. Henry Boorman joins the Board

    Folkestone
  • 2014

    Ofcom awards Local TV Licence to KM in partnership with University of Kent.

    KMTV Logo
  • 2017

    Rebrand of kmtv and launch of the local TV station for Kent.

    kmtv logo
  • 2017

    Iliffe Media Ltd acquires KM Media Group, allowing KM to continue to evolve and serve the people of Kent with trusted news and other valued content, while maintaining its independence.

    Iliffe Media

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