This site has been set up to fill a gap in media coverage of St Helena, a remote British island far to the west of Africa. There will be occasional references to other South Atlantic islands.
This site is maintained by Simon Pipe, a former print and BBC journalist who spent five months on St Helena in 1996/7, when he wrote for the St Helena News and broadcast a weekly programme on Radio St Helena. He subsequently served a brief stint as producer/presenter of the now-defunct BBC World Service programme, Calling The Falklands.
A return trip to St Helena in 2009 resulted in a dispatch for the BBC Radio 4 programme, From Our Own Correspondent, here, and a report for the BBC News website, here. Simon also helped island students make a video report that received extensive national exposure as part of the BBC News School Report project – it’s also on YouTube.
In 2012, Simon contributed a chapter about media on remote islands – including St Helena – to a book about local media: What Do We Mean By Local? Grass-Roots Journalism – Its Death and Rebirth. www.abramis.co.uk