If this anomaly is typical of all the local TV areas then it of little wonder that they are not considered a success. Since Dartford has no administrative ties with London I have never checked to see if it available and would not watch in any case. I would expect any important decisions made by the mayor for London that may affect me would feature on the national news thus making London live in this respect redundant. It seems quite ironic that a relay in Essex would be need to provide coverage in Kent. Although KMTV seems to be one of the more success stories, providing it doesn’t change to That’s KMTV it could be that much more of success if it was providing maximum coverage in Kent rather than Essex who understandably will contribute nothing to the viewing figures.
Dartford was never allocated a local tv channel. KMTV is a merger of two licences which were originally targeting Maidstone and the other Tonbridge. Yet the news programme is a countywide bulletin of which only a tiny part of the county can receive.
As the other transmitter for KMTV is Tunbridge Wells, the channel should be received in parts of NE Sussex, almost certainly Wadhurst, yet Bluebell Hill as shown by the coverage map doesn't penetrate NW Kent with most viewers in Dartford pointing aerials towards Crystal Palace, while nearby Gravesend has a Crystal Palace relay. (Until 2012, BBC1 was from Bluebell Hill with ITV from CP.)