We are five days from Christmas. Shoppers are everywhere. We wish a happy holiday season to all of our readers, listeners, viewers and advertisers. The Nassau Guardian is 174 years old and vibrant because of your support.
The company has changed tremendously 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, chronicling the evolution of these islands from those colonial days to the vibrant, independent democracy we are now.
Today we are more than our flagship newspaper. We are also The Freeport News, Guardian Radio 96.9 FM, our TV news partnership with Cable Bahamas called Our News, Star 106.5 FM and Print Masters.
A team of smart, talented Bahamian professionals lead the organization. They keep us relevant and dynamic. Our goal is to lead the way in media in our country. We want you to be able to rely on us.
There are many serious issues of national importance facing our country. Bahamians are concerned about the high level of crime, and the state of the economy. The Nassau Guardian seeks to be the place where credible information can be found; where intelligent debate takes place; where fair and reasoned assessments are made.
In the social media age it is difficult to determine what information is reliable. Fake news is everywhere. We want people to come to our media products with the confidence that they will be properly informed. Despite our best efforts, however, we won’t always get it right. But when we do miss the mark you can trust we will correct the record and work hard to do better going forward.
As you make those final holiday preparations, we wish you and your families a safe and pleasant holiday season and a new year filled with joy and prosperity.
Thank you again for your support and loyalty in 2018.