Castle’s media funding passes £240,000 – and keeps rising

Nearly a quarter of a million pounds of public money has been spent on setting up The Sentinel newspaper and its sister radio station. The scale of spending was uncovered by councillor Christine Scipio O’Dean, who asked for the figures at her first formal Legislative Council meeting. It had been reported that she had been refused […]

Sporty goings-on in the governor’s office?

Simon Pipe writes: In the rush of news production, mistakes happen from time to time, and as long as no-one’s reputation has been harmed then it’s best to enjoy a good laugh about it. So I’m happy to encourage people to admire The Sentinel’s picture of what looks like a lively press conference at the end of […]

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 […]

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 […]

What the nurse said to the governor: Andrew Gurr looks back

When Andrew Gurr arrived on St Helena in 2007 as the first governor to be appointed through open competition, he found an island civil service that was financially adrift. It needed to undergo surgery – and so, later on, did Mr Gurr himself. In the fourth and final extract of an address to the Friends […]

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 […]

The paper that refused to die: St Helena Independent goes LIVE

The St Helena Independent’s relaunch issue is now live on the internet, a month after it “closed down” in the face of competition from the government-funded Sentinel newspaper. Read it here. St Helena Online will supply news and features for the revived paper in what may be a unique partnership, while maintaining the site’s editorial […]

A statement

by Simon Pipe Readers of this website will know that I was quoted in The Independent newspaper in the UK, saying that St Helenians were wonderful people but they could not run businesses. I am emphatically not claiming that I was misquoted, but people who know me will know I do not hold that view. I […]

Farewell to the Goats; welcome to St Helena Online

This website has changed its name. It was called The Island That Was Eaten By Goats because it was originally conceived as a blog, not a news site, and blogs are meant to have unconventional names. St Helena’s greenery was ravaged by goats over several centuries, so it seemed pertinent. The address is thegatesofchaos still, because […]

Chamber leaders are re-elected

Stuart Moors is reported to have been comfortably re-elected as president of the St Helena Chamber of Commerce, with John Styles continuing as vice president. Brenda Moors and Pat Williams will serve as secretary and treasurer, and nine other members were elected to an expanded chamber committee at the organisation’s annual general meeting on 12 April […]