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KM Group Timeline

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1717
Kentish Post was founded. The first newspaper in Kent.

1758
Kentish Post renamed Kentish Gazette

1855
Ashford and Alfred News founded.

1858
Ashford and Alfred News was renamed Kentish Express & Ashford News.

1859
Maidstone Telegraph was launched.

1861
Maidstone Telegraph renamed Kent Messenger.

1865
East Kent Mercury founded

1884
Barham Pratt Boorman co-founded the Kent Examiner & The Ashford Chronicle.

1890
Kent Messenger acquired by Barham Pratt Boorman. The Ashford Chronicle is now part of Kent Messenger.

1928
Henry Roy Pratt Boorman succeeded as the Editor on his father's death.

1959
Edwin R P Boorman began his career with the company.

1962
Kent Life magazine launched.

1968
Evening Post was launched in the Medway towns.

1971
Kentish Express joined the group.

1980
Kentish Gazette, Herne Bay Press and East Kent Mercury joined the group.

1981
The first Extra was launched in Thanet.

1987
Sheeness Times Guardian and Faversham News joined the group.

1992
Evening Post was re-named Kent Today.

1993
Kent Business was launched.

1995
Dartford & Swanley Informer joined the Group.

1998
Gravesend Messenger, Dover Mercury, Adsmart and Kent & Sussex Auto Weekly were launched.

1999
KentOnline launched. Sittingbourne edition of Kent Messenger launched. TLR (Thanet Local Radio) joined the group.

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.

2006
Chairman Edwin Boorman retires after leading the family company for 46 years. He became company President. Chairmanship is handed to the fourth generation, his daughter, Geraldine Allinson.

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.

2008
Kent Messenger Group becomes 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.

2013
Folkestone & Hythe Express (a new paid-for title) is launched.

July 2014
Ofcom awards KM Group and University of Kent the local television licence for Maidstone and Tonbridge.