KMFM’s parent company the Kent Messenger Group has won a local TV licence for Maidstone and Tonbridge.
Ofcom approved the application, made in partnership with the University of Kent this week, meaning the group dominates newspapers, online news sites, radio and now TV in the area.
We asked if the radio station will be involved in the television service: “We want to integrate Local TV into the KM so it becomes a natural part of our portfolio alongside radio, print and digital,” a spokesperson told RadioToday. “There will be opportunities for people across the group to get involved, but we simply don’t know at this point how that may manifest itself. There is a huge amount of talent within the business, and we will of course look to utilise that for the television service.”
KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said she was delighted with Ofcom’s decision, adding: “Our existing portfolio encompasses print, digital and radio and we see local television as a natural extension to our publishing activities.
“We believe we are in a strong position to make local television work, as we already have such a strong bond with our readers, listeners and customers.”