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KOS Media

KOS Media
Industry Media
Founded 2002
Headquarters Smeeth, Kent, England
Area served Kent
Products Newspapers, Websites, Online Television
Owners 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

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

Free newspapers

In the summer of 2007 KOS Media introduced free, local papers for different parts of Kent. These are published on Wednesdays.

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

These were joined in 2009 by three more local newspapers.

  • yourdeal
  • yoursandwich
  • your Tunbridge Wells

Magazines

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.[2] This caused a complaint against KOS Media and the BBC by rival group the KM Group.[3]

Television

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.

References

  1. ^ Archant acquires KOS Media
  2. ^ BBC Radio Kent County Life at MediaUK
  3. ^ Fair trading bulletin Sept-Nov 06

External links

  • KentNews, the KOS Media's flagship site
  • YourKentTV


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