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Newspaper executive dies days before retirement

Kent Messenger Group’s production director David Dalton has died at the age of 61 following a brave battle with cancer. He was due to retire as an executive director in a few days time, at the end of the year.

Big cat fun in the silly season

I was amused by your beastly stories and it reminded me of my time on the Bath Evening Chronicle when I tracked down the Beast of Brassknocker Hill.

KMG stations re-named

Two radio stations owned and run by the Kent Messenger Group are to get a new name. From Monday, September 2, Medway Mercury FM and Tonbridge Mercury FM will broadcast under the name KM-fm. The KM Radio division of the

Laughing at gravity

There’s a new sight in the skies over the Kent countryside – the Kent Messenger Group balloon! Kentish Gazette reporter George Ward explains all – and answers a few questions about the company’s latest project. The 300,000 cubic-foot flyer was

Editor's husband stabbed confronting rowdy teens

A journalist’s husband was stabbed in the head by a young thug in the street – just days after the couple moved into their new home. Kent Messenger Group journalist Debbie Eales was with her husband Philip Allen when he

KM Group tuned in for radio success

KM Radio is proving popular, with more people than ever tuning in to the five independent local stations owned and run by the Kent Messenger Group. Latest annual listening figures issued by Radio Joint Authority Research reveal increases in listenership,

Subbing first for Richard

Richard Trevena, a sports sub-editor at Medway Today, has become the first person to receive a Kent Messenger diploma in sub-editing after completing a two-year course with the newspaper group. Richard was among 269 applicants for six places on the

Changes at the top for KM Group

David Lewis, managing director of the Kent Messenger Group, has been made chief executive. Edwin Boorman, who is the Newspaper Society’s immediate past president, remains as executive chairman of the Group. Edwin said: “For some time, David has really been

Radio licence thumbs-up for newspaper publisher

The Radio Authority has approved the Kent Messenger Group’s take-over of the broadcasting licence for Mercury FM. The radio watchdog made the decision because it has to clear any proposed station take-over by a newspaper group. It carries out a

Regional news publishers in "top 100" list

Two regional newspaper publishers have been named among the UK’s top 100 private companies. Norwich-based Archant, which publishes the East Anglian Daily Times, Eastern Daily Press, Evening News and Evening Star, as well as 50 weekly newspapers, is listed along

KMG's radio reach is doubled

The Kent Messenger Group has bought two more radio stations – almost doubling its broadcasting reach. The group has reached agreement with GWR Radio Ltd to purchase, for an undisclosed sum, the Mercury FM operations at Medway and Tonbridge. The

How to gain and retain readers

New ways to gain and retain readers will be discussed by major players in the regional press meet in Bristol later this month. Sales initiatives, home delivery, re-branding, promotions and new pricing strategies are on the agenda of the Newspaper

Kent Messenger is ABC's No1

The Kent Messenger has become the best selling regional weekly newspaper inthe country. Confirmation of the newspaper’s record sales figures has come from the AuditBureau of Circulation, the media industry’s independent watchdog. ABC statistics show that in the last six

Right royal treat as paper bags sought-after seats

The Kent Messenger Group is offering readers the chance of a ring-side view of the Queen’s visit to Canterbury on Maundy Thursday. An offer of 850 special places on March 28 came through an approach from the Lord Lieutenant’s office

Record bid for KM Group

The Kent Messenger Group hopes to set a new record for an evening of wine and wisdom… Big KM Quiz is already a sell-out, with all 60 tables booked in just five weeks, making it the biggest event of its

Gazette tea 'boy' going strong at 90

Alf Osmond is arguably the oldest working tea ‘boy’ in the newspaper industry. He was 90 years young on February 4 and to mark the occasion, staff at the Kentish Gazette presented him with a watch, birthday bouquet and a