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 […]

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 […]

Saint FM makes a comeback on Ascension

From Saint FM Community Radio: We are pleased to announce that we are now streaming our services to Ascension Island as of today (1 October 2013). A special message to the Ascension community was delivered today at 1200 GMT from Saint FM CR. We are actively looking to improve the service we deliver: please do not […]

Carnival catcall echoes round the world

Radio listeners around the world have been regaled with the story of the low-flying aircraft that turned out not to be quite low enough when it led the St Helena Carnival procession down Main Street. Writer Mark Stratton took advantage of the episode to open his piece on the island for the BBC World Service […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Situation? What situation? Castle untroubled by radio silence

The lack of a fully-functioning radio station on St Helena has been met with unconcern by the island’s government. In an echo of the “Crisis? What crisis?” headline in the UK’s Winter of Discontent in the 1970s, it said there was “no situation” to be concerned about. It closed Radio St Helena on Christmas Day 2012, even though […]