Here is our detailed timeline of KM Media Group.
kmfm records highest ever listenership. Over 210,000 tuning in each week.
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.
Rebrand of kmtv and launch of the local TV station for Kent.
Ofcom awards Local TV Licence to KM in partnership with University of Kent.
Folkestone & Hythe Express (a new paid-for title) is launched. KMCreate launched. Henry Boorman joins the Board
Head Office moves to Medway.
Sittingbourne News Extra (a new paid-for title) is launched.
The company is awarded the title of Environmental Newspaper Company of the Year in The 2009 Newspaper Awards.
Kent Messenger Group becomes KM Group.
Digital Newspapers launched. CTR is rebranded as kmfm to become the seventh in Kent Messenger Group's network of commercial analogue local radio stations.
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.
KM Radio rebrand their existing stations, from KM-fm to kmfm, and aim for greater coverage of the county by launching kmfm Ashford.
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.
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.
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.
CTFM (Canterbury radio) and Neptune (radio station in Folkestone and Dover) joined the group.
KM took control of Thanet Local Radio (TLR 107.2). This station would eventually form part of the kmfm network.
Gravesend Messenger, Dover Mercury, Adsmart and Kent & Sussex Auto Weekly were launched.
Dartford & Swanley Informer joined the Group.
Geraldine joins the group.
Evening Post was re-named Kent Today.
Sheeness Times Guardian and Faversham News joined the group.
The first Extra was launched in Thanet.
Kentish Gazette joins the group (1717).
Kentish Express joined the group.
Head Office moves to Larkfield
Evening Post was launched in the Medway towns.
Kent Life magazine launched.
Edwin Boorman joins the business.
Henry Roy Pratt Boorman becomes publisher, develops the Kent Messenger into ‘the County Paper of Kent’.
Barham Pratt Boorman acquires the Kent Messenger.
Barham Pratt Boorman co-founded the Kent Examiner & The Ashford Chronicle.
East Kent Mercury was founded.
Maidstone Telegraph renamed Kent Messenger and Maidstone Telegraph (later shortened to Kent Messenger)
Maidstone Telegraph launched, later renamed Kent Messenger.
Ashford and Alfred News renamed Kentish Express & Ashford News.
Ashford and Alfred News was founded.
Kentish Gazette founded and merged with The Kentish Post
The Kentish Post was founded. The first newspaper in Kent.