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Words of support for Saint FM – but no actual money

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The cash-strapped Saint FM Community Radio has been given messages of support by members of St Helena’s Legislative Council – but so far, no financial help.

Councillors were given a briefing on the station’s funding problems before their March 2015 session. The rival SAMS Radio One is heavily financed by St Helena Government.

In his adjournment debate speech on Monday, Councillor Derek Thomas said: “Honourable members will be aware of the continuing financial difficulty Saint FM Community Radio is experiencing in being able to continue to survive.

“We are aware of the huge volume of listening public both on island and overseas and I do hope as a government we will be able to provide some form of assistance and support to enable Saint FM to continue.”

The Hon Brian Isaac said: “I would like to make a mention of the many people in the community who are fundraising and supporting Saint FM Community Radio behind the scenes, to stay alive.

“I feel in any democratic society, independent media is important and should be recognised by government. I would wish the staff and listeners well in their fundraising and hope the station goes from strength to strength.”

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