After cross-training as a journalist 10+ years ago, Simon has been living and breathing news ever since. He would love to see more of the beautiful Island he lives on, but spends far too much time relaying the news of the Isle of Wight to the Islanders.

Government won’t reveal how many Mainlanders are coming to Isle of Wight for Covid-19 testing

nsal swab in drive through test centre

News OnTheWight has been seeking from Government the number of Mainlanders who have self-diagnosed with Covid-19 that are travelling on ferries to the Isle of Wight for testing. They won’t say. Red Funnel were more forthcoming

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 8:36am

By Simon Perry with 14 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ latest list: 11th August 2020 (updated)

Waiter standing by restaurant door with ipad

Twenty new Isle of Wight venues added and four drop out in our latest Eat Out to Help Out info – News OnTheWight’s popular, single, sort-able list. The simple way to find where to get your 50% meal discount

Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 11:42am

By Simon Perry

Eat Out to Help Out: Every Isle of Wight business (200+) taking part – in a single, simple list (update 4)

People sitting in a restaurant eating lunch

Here are all 200+ Isle of Wight ‘Eat out to help out’ businesses, in a single, sort-able list - brought together by News OnTheWight to make it simple to find where you can get your 50% discount

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 12:29pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

What’s the Isle of Wight sailing race on today 1st August 2020?

Scaramouche on the Solent by Lou Johnson

If you're wondering, "What's the Isle of Wight sailing race on today?" we've got you covered

Saturday, 1st August, 2020 3:16pm

By Simon Perry

What is it about the Government hiding the results of the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial?

child hiding behind hands

It appears that it’s not just news publications that are being kept away from answers to what seem like simple questions about the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial. Here’s an exchange from Parliament yesterday

Friday, 10th July, 2020 5:49pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

96 per cent of iPhones were not detectable by Isle of Wight Covid-19 App

man showing another mobile phone

If you were running the IW Covid-19 App on an iPhone, your handset had very little chance of being detected, it's now been revealed. Details of how and why are within. If that was you - What’s your reaction?

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 6:50pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

A plane has been scanning the Isle of Wight every day for the last week

Live tracker of flightpath on 25th May

Has anyone noticed the same plane flying over every inch of the Island in the last week?

Friday, 29th May, 2020 3:53pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Size of Government support for Isle of Wight Care homes announced

care home -- older residents holding hands

The Government has just announced the amount of money they will be giving to the Isle of Wight council for them to support care homes following Friday’s announcement

Monday, 18th May, 2020 2:45pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillor appears on Russian TV News

Lora's VE Day dog

An Isle of Wight councillor and her dogs have popped up on Russian TV News, talking about VE Day celebrations

Sunday, 17th May, 2020 2:33pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

West Wight Hub: Really positive things happening there in spite of lockdown

WW Hub Logo and photos of Michel and Dave - volunteers

There’s some great things happening at the West Wight Hub. News OnTheWight chats to Clare Griffin to find out more - “We’re going to come out of this even stronger,” she told us

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 6:57pm

By Simon Perry

Hold off sailing for the moment says Cowes Harbour Commission

cowes marina

Cowes Harbour Commission ask sailors to hold off for the while. Clarification is being sought from Government. CHC also talk about Social Distancing

Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 11:37am

By Simon Perry

What you can do and what you can’t: Summary of new Gov guidance on spending time outdoors

man reading a book on a bench

Confused about the new Government guidance on what you can and can’t do outside now? Here’s a summary of their views

Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 9:58am

By Simon Perry with one comment