The Kent Messenger is the largest-selling weekly newspaper in the UK. It is the flagship paper of the KM Group, a multimedia company which runs web sites and radio stations as well as publishes newspapers in the county of Kent in South East England.
The paper grew from the Maidstone Telegraph which was founded in the county town of Kent in 1859. It became the Kent Messenger in the 1880s when it was acquired by Barham Pratt Boorman. It has remained in the Boorman family ever since and Barham's great granddaughter is the current Chairman.
The Kent Messenger currently appears in six editions: County, Maidstone, Weald, Malling, Sittingbourne and Medway, all of which are published weekly on a Friday.
The Group also circulates local editions of its free paper, KM Extra, in most towns in the county. Between 1968 and 2003 the group published a daily evening paper which began as the Evening Post and later became Kent Today.
The KM Group's first web site, the Kent countywide site www.kentonline.co.uk, was launched in 1998. In additional to KentOnline, nine local sites were created in 2008 to offer ultra local news to each of the areas the newspapers serve.