Expansion by take-overs, which is what happened in 1996 when the paid West-Flemish weeklies were attributed the common title 'KW Krant van West-Vlaanderen'.

The KW Krant van West-Vlaanderen turns into a provincial newspaper with a circulation of 100,000 by taking over De Zeewacht (1979), het Kortrijks Handelsblad (1990), het Brugsch Handelsblad (1990) and finally Het Wekelijks Nieuws in 2000.

The newspaper consists of two parts: the provincial newspaper KW Krant van West-Vlaanderen which covers the entire province and the 11 local newspapers which cover the 11 cities (and their regions) of the West-Flemish province. Most of those newspapers exist for over 100 years. Thanks to that collaboration, they form a strong and vital news medium both printed and online.