St Helena’s former Senior Veterinary Officer, Joe Hollins, has produced two programmes about St Helena Island for BBC Radio 4, whose audience is measured in the millions.

Both programmes have a strong natural history and cultural theme, including segments on diving, conservation on Egg Island, Island Walks, and interviews with St Helenians (including local historians), Enterprise St Helena and Airport officials – all from Joe’s perspective as a community vet on St Helena.

  • The first episode – ‘The Land’ – airs tomorrow morning, Friday 20 May 2016, at 10am local time.

This half hour programme focuses on St Helena on the brink of air access and captures Joe’s life and his report of what changes Islanders anticipate as they lose their isolated status.

Episode two – ‘The Sea’ – focuses on the retirement of The RMS St Helena, the lifeline for St Helena, as she completes her final tour of duty. This is likely to be aired on BBC Radio 4 at the same time next Friday.

Joe has previously contributed other positive pieces on St Helena to BBC Radio 4.


19 May 2016


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