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Mid Hampshire Observer

The Mid Hampshire Observer is a weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper distributed to homes and through pickup points in and around the towns of Winchester, Bishop’s Waltham and Stockbridge in central and western Hampshire.

It was launched in January 2001 as the Winchester Observer by independent publishers Hampshire Media, the brainchild of Jez Walder and Mark O’Connor, who had previously worked on the Hampshire Chronicle but left that newspaper in 2000 when it was taken over by Newsquest. It expanded within six months to become the Winchester & Bishop’s Waltham Observer, and took on its present title with a further expansion in May 2002.

In 2003 a companion title was launched, the West Hampshire Observer; and a third title for the whole county, the Hampshire Independent, joined them in August 2012. All three newspapers share the same editorial offices in Winchester and a single website.

It comes out on Thursdays. A free e-edition is also available via email, as is a smartphone app for iOS devices.

  • Address:
  • Mid Hampshire Observer
    20 Moorside Road
    SO23 7RX
  • Tel:
  • 01962 859559
  • Fax:
  • 01962 870957