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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Rules laid down for new radio stations – for now

A battle for the airwaves has led St Helena Government to lay down temporary rules on how radio licences should be granted. It says it would be unfair to make applicants wait for a fully-researched policy to be in place. Two applications have been received, including one from Saint FM owner Mike Olsson, who wants […]

Media saga takes new twist as Mike plans more radio stations

A move by Mike Olsson to launch new radio stations on St Helena, alongside Saint FM, has caused concern for councillors. A request from St Helena Media Productions for more slots on the airwaves was put on hold at the 12 June executive council meeting. Councillors had already voted to fund three stations being set […]

Hotel owner is censured for chamber resignation call

Hazel Wilmot has been formally rebuked for publicly demanding the resignations of the leaders of the island’s chamber of commerce, over the closure of the St Helena Independent. A statement from the chamber – sent to this website by Ms Wilmot – says the owner of The Consulate Hotel in Jamestown has been given a “public censure”. It says […]

‘Bring back the Indy’ campaign launched on Facebook

A Facebook campaign has been launched to press for the relaunch of the St Helena Independent, despite new competition from the government-funded Sentinel. Owner Mike Olsson announced that the 30 March 2012 issue would be the last. He said the paper would not be viable because St Helena Government (SHG) was to transfer its advertising and […]

Men behind The Sentinel face call to resign

An open letter is calling on Stuart Moors and John Styles  to resign as heads of St Helena’s chamber of commerce, because of their role in the closure of the island’s only private-sector newspaper. Hazel Wilmot says that if they don’t step down as president and vice-president, then all the other members should walk out […]

Sentinel goes live: Click to read St Helena’s new paper

The first edition of St Helena’s new newspaper, The Sentinel, has gone online. Read it here (note: the link address has changed since it was first published on this site). The front page splash is a week-old story about new TV channels, but one that came too late for the previous week’s Independent. But its […]