Saint FM ‘wins backing from councillors’

The team attempting to revive Saint FM radio station appears to be close to success. But a government press release announcing the “launch” of the state-funded SAMS Radio 1 makes no mention of the bid, despite it apparently winning support from executive councillors. St Helena Online understands that councillors pushed to approve a licence application for Saint FM in the face […]

Castle dodges the facts on media name blunder

The conduct of St Helena Government has been called into question after the island’s state-funded media organisation was forced to change its name. The Castle has refused to acknowledge that it has any case to answer, despite being given a second chance to do so. A press release has since attempted to pass off the […]

The truth: how Mike O came to own his rival’s name

The media organisation set up by St Helena Government has had to change its name from St Helena Broadcasting (Guarantee) Corporation because it was too similar to one owned by its rival – the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation. In a breathtaking swerve, The Castle has blamed “another party, for reasons unknown, pre-registering a company name virtually identical to SHB(G)C’s”. […]

St Helena Online congratulates a worthy adversary

Simon Pipe writes: I’d like to congratulate the team behind the launch of the new SAMS Radio 1 on St Helena. It has always been the stance of St Helena Online that there are legitimate questions to be asked about the manner in which the island’s new media organisation came into being. New questions emerge, and […]

New radio group bids to revive Saint FM

Efforts are being made to relaunch Saint FM – as a charity. Founder Mike Olsson, who closed the station on 21 December 2012, will not be a member of the management committee, but will produce the daily news bulletins and provide technical support. He had announced that the closure would be permanent. After Christmas, he […]

Which comes first: the airline, or the eco resort?

Enterprise St Helena is locked in a “chicken and egg” stand-off with Shelco over its planned Wirebird Hill resort, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. Writer Horatio Clare says that St Helena – “perhaps the strangest of tropical islands” – may be about to experience “one of the world’s most unlikely investment booms.” But while the […]

Mishievous Mike advertises ‘rival’ for sale – and it’s not a joke

Mike Olsson, who closed his Saint FM radio station on 21 December 2012, has advertised the station for sale – but made it look as if it’s his government-funded rival that’s on the market. But he’s entitled to do just that – because he’s the legal owner of the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation. It’s just that it’s not […]

A present to all readers: the sounds of a St Helena Christmas

Radio St Helena was due to go off air at midnight on Christmas Day after 45 years on air. Hopes that the station’s final hours would be streamed on the internet have not been fulfilled. In the meantime, St Helena Online offers a flavour of the season, as broadcast by the station in 1996.  Christmas in Jamestown: the […]

‘Shops are silent. There’s disbelief’ – islanders mourn Saint FM

“I just saw Bernice walk up the street.  Everybody, and I mean everybody, stopped her to ask two questions: ‘Why did it close?’ and, ‘How’s Mike?’” The day after St Helena’s independent radio station closed down, JOHN TURNER sent a personal reflection on what it meant to the island, and on the contribution made by founder […]