Saint FM vital to island spirit, says director Dieter

Three minutes into Dieter Deswarte’s BBC film about St Helena, viewers around the world heard the smooth welcome of Tony Leo, veteran island broadcaster. “This is Saint FM Community Radio. The people’s station at its best,” he said. “Our unique little island will soon be a part of the bigger world…” He wasn’t there just […]

‘Island girl’ Kerisha masters the art of study

Kerisha Stevens didn’t want to leave St Helena to earn a normal university degree – so she stayed home and got an even better one. She has been awarded a Master of Arts degree by the University of Leicester in the UK, after two years of studying alongside her full-time job as a government press […]

Saint FM supporters win funding vote in LegCo

A vote to end “unfair” media funding on St Helena has been pushed though Legislative Council. But it was not made clear whether this would put money into the coffers of Saint FM Community Radio – or if so, how soon. Nor did the motion say whether the government should stop financing St Helena Media […]

Banned writer regrets telling Tristan ‘love story’

Simon Winchester, the writer who was banned from Tristan da Cunha for repeating a story of a love affair that may not even have happened, has expressed his sympathy for islanders.  In an essay for the historical journal Lapham’s Quarterly – written while “wallowing” offshore on a cruise ship – he admits he was wrong […]

Writer says Michel deserves top honour for Napoleon role

Film star Clint Eastwood has one, and so has the singer Bob Dylan; and now a writer on Napoleon says Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, custodian of the emperor’s homes on St Helena, deserves to receive France’s highest honour.   Andrew Roberts makes the tongue-in-cheek nomination in an article for Britain’s Spectator magazine, after visiting the island to […]

Rival radio stations go live on the web

The battle for the airwaves on St Helena has spread to the internet, with both of the island’s radio stations beginning live web streaming in April 2013. SAMS Radio 1 Saint FM Community Radio

Saint FM community group wins licence

The group trying to revive St Helena’s first independent radio station has finally been granted a licence, after weeks of struggle. Initially the licence – costing £480 to cover four frequencies – will run for one year. Mike Olsson, former owner of the station, was expected to begin tests over the weekend from transmitters at Head o’ Wain, […]

Supporters switch on to Saint FM radio revival

Supporters sign up to join the new organisation that’s reviving Saint FM radio station. The photograph of a promotional event in Jamestown on 16 February 2013 has been contributed by John Turner, who said: “I think this tells the story”. Governor Mark Capes has promised to summon executive councillors to consider a licence application as soon as legal […]

Click to show your support for Saint FM

The team reviving Saint FM is optimistic of being granted a licence within days. An online poll has been set up to gauge the level of support for streaming broadcasts on the internet – with a small annual fee to listen.  by Johnny Clingham St Helena & Ascension Island Community website  The Saint FM team, led by Mrs Julie Thomas, reports […]