‘Bring back the Indy’ campaign launched on Facebook

A Facebook campaign has been launched to press for the relaunch of the St Helena Independent, despite new competition from the government-funded Sentinel. Owner Mike Olsson announced that the 30 March 2012 issue would be the last. He said the paper would not be viable because St Helena Government (SHG) was to transfer its advertising and […]

Men behind The Sentinel face call to resign

An open letter is calling on Stuart Moors and John Styles  to resign as heads of St Helena’s chamber of commerce, because of their role in the closure of the island’s only private-sector newspaper. Hazel Wilmot says that if they don’t step down as president and vice-president, then all the other members should walk out […]

Sentinel goes live: Click to read St Helena’s new paper

The first edition of St Helena’s new newspaper, The Sentinel, has gone online. Read it here (note: the link address has changed since it was first published on this site). The front page splash is a week-old story about new TV channels, but one that came too late for the previous week’s Independent. But its […]

Castle Gardens media building is approved – eventually

St Helena’s new broadcasting corporation will able to blossom after winning approval to set up its studios in the Castle Gardens in Jamestown – despite objections. The plan was approved by executive councillors on the very eve of the launch of the group’s first venture, the St Helena Sentinel newspaper. Shelco has also won final […]

‘Exciting’ new media will benefit islanders, says government

The new St Helena Sentinel and its sister radio stations will be an important part of island life during a period of massive upheaval, according to the St Helena Government (SHG). The island’s Independent newspaper has announced it will close when the Sentinel newspaper is launched tomorrow – 30 March 2012 – by the new […]

State-funded paper won’t be controlled from The Castle, says founder – as Independent announces closure (updated Tuesday 27 March 2012)

The announcement that the St Helena Independent is to close on Friday, citing government-funded competition – has prompted strong reactions. Read comments here. So far, however – because of personal pressures – this website has not carried any response from the organisation behind the government-subsidised St Helena Sentinel, which launches on the same day. However, the St Helena Herald carried […]

‘The Indy challenged the government: is this why it had to be silenced?’

The following anonymous article has been sent to this website via Vince Thompson, columnist on the St Helena Independent. A response from the new St Helena Sentinel will be welcomed. The Empire Strikes Back? The island’s only private-sector newspaper, The  Independent, announced this week that it has to close. Its reasons centre around its inability to […]

St Helena’s new newspaper: challenging all comers?

The South Atlantic’s newest newspaper – due out at the end of the month – is to be called the St Helena Sentinel, according to notices that have gone up in Jamestown’s shop windows. Only a few days ago this website was told the name was being kept secret. Wikipedia lists a clutch of Sentinel […]