Monday marks the start of 2018. Sunday night, into the new year, will be a time of celebration and hope for a better 12 months ahead. We wish a Happy New Year to all our readers, viewers, listeners and advertisers. We hope your 2018 is a year of good health, prosperity and happiness. The Nassau Guardian is 173 years old and is a vibrant organization because of your support. We are grateful.
The company has changed over the years. In 1837, Edwin Charles Moseley, a journalist who had worked at The Times in London, arrived in Nassau to take up his appointment as editor of The Argus.
After the liberal Sir James Carmichael-Smyth became governor in 1829, dissent rose in Nassau over the question of emancipation. In 1831, a pro-slavery section of the community supported George Biggs in the establishment of The Argus in order to promote their anti-emancipation views. Moseley found the semi-weekly’s policies so objectionable that he refused to become its editor.
For the next seven years, he supported his family by teaching at the King’s School at Parliament Street, which was located in what are now the grounds of the old Royal Victoria Hotel. A number of citizens who shared his anti-slavery views urged him to publish what he referred to as a “journal in a proper manner”. Thus, The Nassau Guardian first appeared on November 23, 1844. We have been part of the Bahamian community ever since.
Today we reach The Bahamas through our main newspaper along with The Freeport News, Guardian Radio 96.9 FM, our TV news partnership with Cable Bahamas called Our News, Star 106.5 FM, Print Masters and our online division. In 2018 we intend to continue growing in order to present to our consumers the best media products available in and about The Bahamas.
A team of talented Bahamian professionals leads the organization. They keep us relevant and dynamic. We expect continued creativity from them next year. Our goal is to lead the way in media in our country.
There are many serious issues of national importance facing The Bahamas. Bahamians are concerned about the high level of crime. They are concerned about the economy. The Nassau Guardian seeks to be the place where credible information can be found; where intelligent debate takes place; where fair and balanced assessments are made.
Thank you again for your support and loyalty. We pledge to continue to work to maintain your trust and patronage.
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