Thursday, 15 March 2012

Death of KM Group president Edwin Boorman

Edwin Boorman, president of the family-owned Kent Messenger Group and one of the best known figures in the regional press, has died after a short illness aged 76.

Boorman had previously served as managing director, chief executive and chairman of the company, which owns a portfolio of weekly newspapers, websites and radio stations across Kent.

He took on the role of president in January 2006, after passing the chairmanship to his daughter Geraldine.

Boorman is a former president of the Newspaper Society, serving from 2001 to 2002.

Kent Online reports that Boorman had been taken ill just before Christmas, and passed away peacefully last night.

KM Group managing director Richard Elliot paid tribute to Boorman, whom he described as "a great figure with a true passion for local journalism".

He added: "Edwin helped build a company that everyone at the KM Group is proud to work for, and we will all miss him greatly. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Geraldine and all the family."

Boorman was the third generation in a family that has owned the business since the late 1800s.

Under his leadership, the KM Group expanded into radio and digital with the launch of kmfm and

Its newspaper portfolio includes the Kent Messenger, Medway Messenger, Kentish Gazette and the Kentish Express.

Pic: KM Group

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice to read the great attributes to Edwin Boorman but there is no reference to him sacking 155 members of staff in 1985.
Many of these people had served most of their lives for his company (Kent Messenger) and were thrown out on the scap heap at a whim.
No thought was given to them, many of whom had children and mortgages, others who had served over 25 years' service, and had their lives ruined.
RIP Edwin Boorman, we remember you.