KOS Media

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KOS Media
Industry Media
Founded 2002
Headquarters Smeeth, Kent, England
Area served Kent
Products Newspapers, Websites, Online Television
Owner(s) Archant
Website http://www.kentnews.co.uk/

KOS Media is a multimedia company based in the county of Kent in South East England. The company operates local newspapers and internet sites throughout the county.

History[edit]

KOS Media's first newspaper, the Kent on Sunday was launched as a free newspaper in 2002. The company is based in Smeeth, near Ashford.

The company also produces YourKentTV, an internet based TV channel providing local news and features.

Until May 2009 all KOS Media newspapers were free. In June both Kent on Saturday and Kent on Sunday became paid for in the newsagents, in order to increase availability, whilst the free copies were diverted to business rounds and home delivery. The mid-week local papers remain free. All titles have a fast growing online audience as they are available free as a page turning e-edition, or by subscription on Kentnews.co.uk.

KOS Media was purchased by Archant in June 2010,[1] having had had a minority interest in KOS Media since 2005.

Newspapers[edit]

Free newspapers[edit]

In the summer of 2007 KOS Media introduced free, local papers for different parts of Kent. These are published on Wednesdays. The papers are listed below with their coverage as of March 2009[2]

  • Kent on Saturday
  • Kent on Sunday
  • yourashford
  • yourcanterbury
  • yourdover
  • yourmaidstone
  • yourmedway
  • yourshepway
  • yourswale
  • yourthanet

These were joined in 2009 by four more local newspapers.

  • yourdeal
  • yoursandwich
  • your Tunbridge Wells

The latter two both serve Royal Tunbridge Wells and are published on their respective title days.

Magazines[edit]

KOS Media publishes magazines accompanying its paid for papers, such as the "Kent Weekend" entertainment and leisure guide. It also publishes Isle Magazine (published quarterly for the Isle of Thanet); and BBC Radio Kent County Life for the BBC.[3] This caused a complaint against KOS Media and the BBC by rival group the KM Group.[4]

Television[edit]

KOS Media operates the YourKentTV internet television channel. The channel features local news and sport, and videos both sent in by viewers and provided by the company.

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