Island Echo is the Isle of Wight’s only truly independent 24-hour news source, keeping Islanders informed and on the move around the clock with the latest breaking news, Island news and community information as it happens.
Island Echo was founded in May 2012 and was based in Wootton. Following a successful 3-month BETA test to show the format worked and was of interest to Islanders, the Echo relaunched via social media only in October 2012 – the start of the strong social following we have today.
The website relaunched early in 2013 and took the Island by storm and now, all these years later, Island Echo is arguably the leading news website for the Isle of Wight with an ever-growing readership.
In December 2014, the website underwent a complete makeover – the first major update since the original site launch back in May 2012. Subsequently, a new website was revealed in October 2016 as the business continued to adapt to the ever-evolving world of technology. In February 2018 the latest version of Island Echo, which is what you see today, was released.
In October 2019, Island Echo was named Micro Business of the Year at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019. In June 2020, Island Echo was highly commended for the ICNN Community News Website of the Year at the newsawards 2020, sponsored by Google News Initiative.
Island Echo is published and owned by lifelong Isle of Wight resident Darren Toogood. Darren has been in the industry for over 10 years and started his career as a photographer – www.darrentoogood.co.uk.