(This text needs updating – 9 September 2012)
St Helena’s newest newspaper, The Sentinel, was launched – amid controversy – by the state-funded St Helena Broadcasting (Guarantee) Corporation (SHBC) on 29 March 2012. The corporation aims to be able to operate without a government grant “within a short time”.
The island’s existing private-sector newspaper, the St Helena Independent, announced that its issue of 30 March 2012 would be its last. Owner Mike Olsson blamed the government’s decision to switch its advertising to the new title. The previous government-funded newspaper, the St Helena Herald, had not been allowed to compete for advertising with the private sector.
The St Helena Independent was relaunched on 27 April 2012. St Helena Online has entered an informal arrangement to supply material to the paper.
Independent owner Mike Olsson has since applied to set up new radio stations to compete with those planned by the SHBC (last updated August 2012).