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.

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

NHSX Contact Tracing App: In-depth explanation of how it works is available

Person holding a mobile phone to download the contact tracing app

These in-depth, detailed explanations of how the NHSX Contact Tracing App actually works (from head of the NCSC) seek to settle people’s minds on privacy concerns. Have a read - Has it helped convince you?

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 9:24am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

How to setup and use NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App (Updated with HowTo video)

how are you feeling today screen on contact tracing app

Everyone wants to know how to setup and use the NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App one it becomes available. Here is all the detail that you’ll need

Monday, 4th May, 2020 5:00pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

FAQ: NHSX Contact Tracing App (Updated)

set up permissions screen on contact tracing app

This is a whole new world for all of us - Using an App to track which other phones we’ve been near and how that can contribute to reducing the spread of Coronavirus. Here’s a list of the most important questions and answers. If you have more, let us know in the comments

Monday, 4th May, 2020 5:00pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

Must watch: The Isle of Wight modelled inside a video game

Isle of Wight in video game by PugGaming - This Osborne House

Eleven months in the making so far, the visual realism of this virtual Isle of Wight is staggering. Perfect for lockdown. News OnTheWight has chatted to the person who has made it.

Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 9:22am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments