Making a complaint

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control. We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

Personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code

A representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint

A third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

The Process

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to us [Isle of Wight Observer] in writing at the following address:

E-mail Address

Telephone Number
01983 221050

Isle of Wight Observer
104 St James Square
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UR


We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your compliant with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

Still Not Satisfied?

If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our Independent regulator IMPRESS at the following address:

IMPRESS The Independent Monitor for the Press CIC
16-18 New Bridge Street
Tel 020 3325 4288.