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 […]

Saint FM closure: links

St Helena’s Saint FM ceased broadcasting on Friday. Radio St Helena also closes on Christmas Day. The government hopes to set up an interim service until new channels launch in January. Read more See also: After eight combative years, Saint FM drifts into the sunset – feature Castle questions ‘bizarre efforts to justify closure’ of Saint FM […]

Castle questions ‘bizarre efforts to justify closure’ of Saint FM

St Helena Government issued the following statement, shortly after the closure of Saint FM radio station: “The UK Government and SHG value the diversity of media and opinion in St Helena, just as in other Overseas Territories, and we recognise Saint FM’s contribution to informing the public and stimulating public debate, as well as its […]

‘We changed the island’ – Mike halts the heartbeat of St Helena

A candle burned in the crowded studio of Saint FM as the last song played out on St Helena’s best-loved radio station. A few minutes earlier, station founder Mike Olsson told listeners around the world: “I think we changed the island. We have been able to bring more openness and more information to the people.” He […]

Radio station closure puts Christmas messages in doubt

Christmas messages from overseas may go unheard by people on St Helena because of the closure of the island’s only independent radio station, it is feared. Johnny Clingham has recorded 50 personal messages from Saints in the UK, for a programme that was due to be broadcast on Saint FM on Christmas Day. He was part-way through […]

Saint FM listeners urged to protest over ‘misuse’ of UK aid

UK listeners to Saint FM have been urged to protest to their members of Parliament over the station being “driven out of business” with British tax-payers’ money. St Helena’s first and only fully-independent radio station announced on Wednesday, 19 December 2012, that it would close permanently within 48 hours. Owner Mike Olsson said it could […]

Economy chief responds to concern over Solomon’s role

Disquiet has been expressed over the fact that St Helena’s economic supremo has a place on the board of the island’s biggest company. Julian Morris is head of the Enterprise St Helena development agency, which has the job of building a private enterprise culture on the island. He also represents St Helena Government on the board of Solomon […]

Listen online: what slave graves mean for St Helena

If you missed Saint FM’s broacasts on the excavation of 300 human skeletons on St Helena, don’t worry: the programmes are still available as two podcasts on St Helena Online.  The discoveries in Rupert’s Valley in 2008 brought new insight into the horrors aboard slave-running “pirate” ships in the 19th Century. The skeletons were those of Africans who […]