Saint FM recalls fire at sea, 40 years ago

The story of a near-disaster aboard a ship bound for St Helena has been retold in a 40th anniversary radio programme – by the presenter who covered it at the time. Tony Leo revisited interviews he recorded with survivors of the 1973 fire aboard the Good Hope Castle, as well as talking to people who […]

Rockfall reported in Jamestown

Saint FM has reported that rocks had rolled from Ladder Hill into Jamestown, above Barracks Square, just as many workers would be making their journeys home on Wednesday, 5 June 2013. Drivers were warned to take care.

Island ‘could not cope’ with plane crash, warns medic

Medical teams on St Helena would struggle to cope with a major accident at the island’s new airport, a visiting doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk, who has been qualified for 40 years, has acted as a healthcare consultant as well as working as a civilian and military doctor, in the UK and internationally. He […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]