Tomorrow is the start of 2019. Tonight and into the new year will be a time of celebration and hope for a better year ahead.
We wish a Happy New Year to our readers, viewers, listeners and advertisers. We hope 2019 is a year of prosperity and happiness. The Nassau Guardian is 174 years old and vibrant because of your support. We are grateful.
Our company, the oldest in The Bahamas as far as we are aware, 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, chronicling the development of this chain of islands.
Today we reach The Bahamas via 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 the social media age people are increasingly searching for reliable information. Much of what is circulated as news is inaccurate. We want to continue to be your first choice in news in The Bahamas. We want you to come to us to be informed, and challenged.
We are pleased with the group of professionals in our media group. They have the combined skill set to produce news across all platforms. They keep us relevant and dynamic.
There are many serious issues of national importance facing The Bahamas. The crime problem remains. There has been growth in the economy, but much more is needed to make up for the lost wealth caused by the financial crisis of a decade ago and its aftermath.
The Nassau Guardian seeks to be the place where credible information can be found; intelligent debate takes place; and 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.