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.

Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband service now taking Isle of Wight orders

Elon Musk's Starlink coming to the Isle of Wight

Trouble getting a decent broadband connection on the Isle of Wight? Elon Musk's Starlink service has just started taking orders here - but it’s not cheap

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021 6:59pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

Listed: Every Isle of Wight council property asset as at Feb 2021

Ventnor Coastal Visitor Centre from 360 shot

Which parts of your town does the Isle of Wight council own? News OnTheWight has created a complete list of assets that you can easily search

Thursday, 18th February, 2021 6:43pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

When Grange Hill came to the Isle of Wight (Video) (updated)

Grange Hill came to the Isle of Wight

Flippin’ ‘eck Tucker! Grange Hill came on a school trip to the Isle of Wight at the end of the ‘80s, staying at East Dean and other IW locations

Sunday, 31st January, 2021 5:13pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Listen to fascinating past tales of working on land and sea, told by Islanders who were there

Four photos from the collections for Farming Memories and and Memories of the sea

Escape the boredom of lockdown with these two new Websites that provide an audio and visual treat for the soul. Step inside the memories of those who worked the land and sea of the Isle of Wight to hear their fascinating stories.

Friday, 29th January, 2021 8:50am

By Simon Perry

How much public money did each ferry company get in Lockdown #1? FOI finally answered

fifty pound notes

For months News OnTheWight’shas been pursuing the release of this info. Today our FOI-blocking challenge has been accepted

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 4:32pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Here’s an example of a food parcel on the Isle of Wight – and the story behind it (updated 3)

the food parcel

Despite an IWC Cabinet member declaring yesterday that there’s no problem on the Isle of Wight, this is the kind of food parcel that’s being delivered to school children. Here’s one story behind it

Wednesday, 13th January, 2021 9:25pm

By Simon Perry with 21 readers' comments

How much would you pay to buy a parking space in Ryde?

Parking place in Ryde for sale

If you had the spare money, how much would you pay to buy a parking space in Ryde?

Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 6:57pm

By Simon Perry

How do I book a Covid test on the Isle of Wight?

Are you on the Isle of Wight and want to book a Covid / Coronavirus test? Here’s how

Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 3:07pm

By Simon Perry

Bob Seely’s ferry proposal is pretty radical: Here’s why

Ferry car deck

They’re radical. If passed the MP’s ferry proposals (Nationalisation, anyone?) would have a major impact on the Isle of Wight ferries … and prices. Get up to speed by reading this News OnTheWight analysis

Monday, 11th January, 2021 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 17 readers' comments

Exactly how much public money did the ferry companies get in first Lockdown? It’s taken us FOI-ing the DfT to find out (Updated)

Person holding a five pound note

It seemed only right to find out if/when the Cross-Solent operators stopped receiving public money during Lockdown #1 and how much they got in total

Thursday, 7th January, 2021 9:42pm

By Simon Perry with 12 readers' comments

Analysis: Which Isle of Wight areas have the highest Covid rates and which areas are rising the fastest – also the lowest and slowest

Covid testing in drive thru centre

Find out what the Government’s Covid test data reveals about which areas of the Isle of Wight have highest Covid rates, which are rising the fastest - and which are the lowest and slowest - in this News OnTheWight analysis

Thursday, 31st December, 2020 5:41pm

By Simon Perry with 30 readers' comments

Watch live video of Red Funnel’s ferries coming and going in Southampton – 24 hours a day in 4k!

4k live video red funnel southampton

It's amazingly popular already with over 80,000 people looking at recent day's archive

Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 6:59pm

By Simon Perry with one comment