It was founded in 2002. It’s published by KOS Media (KOS stands for Kent on Sunday; Kent on Sunday was the company’s first publication) from editorial offices in Smeeth near Ashford.
Originally freesheet-only, Kent on Sunday and its sister publication Kent on Saturday as distributed through newsagents became paid-for newspapers in June 2009, although they remained free where delivered to homes and businesses. They’ve since reverted to 100% free distribution.
Prior to October 2009 there were just two editions – West Kent and East Kent – but the new Mid and North Kent edition took over the numbering of the old West Kent edition, and the new West Kent edition started from scratch. A separate freesheet newspaper for Tunbridge Wells, Your Tunbridge Wells, started publication at the same time.
The areas covered by two of the three editions have varied since then, with only the East Kent edition remaining constant. Since the most recent change in September 2012 they are:
- West & North Kent: Bromley, Bexley, Dartford, Gravesend, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and the Weald
- Mid Kent: Medway Towns (Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham), Sheerness, Sittingbourne
- East Kent: Ashford, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Hythe, Lydd, Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Tenterden
All now share the same issue numbering, dating back to 2002.
In June 2010 the Norwich-based Archant group acquired KOS Media outright, having had a minority shareholding since 2005.
Along with all KOS Media’s titles, all editions of Kent on Sunday are available as a free e-edition either by email subscription or online through the website. Apps for iPhone and iPad are also available.