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Globe marks anniversary with Solent ‘Extra’

By Globe Editor Robin Young

TODAY is the eighth anniversary of the Globe’s first edition – a weekly tabloid published in pdf form on January 23, 2015.

Then, the aim was to provide people in the Borough of Gosport with a free news forum covering everything they would expect to find in a traditional, paid-for newspaper.

But it wasn’t long before the core area was expanded to take in neighbouring Fareham, which had also been left without a comprehensive editorial service following staffing cuts and declining circulations at the two regional daily newspapers.

Local news, features and sports coverage was always the priority and with that in mind the publisher, My Free News Ltd, became a not-for-profit micro-entity – Gosport Globe Community Publications C.I.C., regulated by the industry watchdog IMPRESS.

A subsequent switch from weekly tabloid to digital newspaper after the pandemic has led to a change in the way reports are presented, both on the Globe’s website and associated social media pages.


Now, as a new departure to mark the birthday milestone, The Globe is giving readers a regular round-up of what happens on their doorsteps, along the Solent from Southampton to Portsmouth and taking in the Isle of Wight.

Gosport and Fareham will always be at the centre of  operations but residents can keep track of what is taking place across the region, with all the latest from politicians, police, local authorities, charities, cultural organisations… in short, all the news fit to print.

None of this would have been possible without the unstinting efforts of our dedicated volunteers and contributors past and present.

And we could not continue without loyal support and encouragement from our thousands of readers.

More news about developments as they happen but in the meantime please contact either myself as Editor and Editorial Director on for further questions. Press releases are further welcomed and these can be sent to the above email for inclusion on the website.

Managing Director and Assistant Editor Connor Steel can be contacted via whilst IT Manager and Advertising Executive Kevin Richards’ email is

PICTURED: Globe founder and Editorial Director Robin Young announcing a new Solent service for residents, which comes into effect today on the paper’s eighth anniversary (Monday, January 23).