The Sarnian newspaper, edited by Freya Carlisle, bills itself as Sarnia’s Finest News Source. It has never been able to substantiate this claim.
Ollie Carey managed to secure a job on the paper, initially laying out sports results, but latterly working on the news desk under the guidance of Alfie Erne. His place on the news desk gives him access to the paper’s archives, which he uses in his quest to discover what happened to his father, Remus, the night he disappeared off the Huffin’ Puffin close to Sark.
The Sarnian takes its name from Sarnia, the traditional Latin name for the island of Guernsey (the island’s anthem is Sarnia Cherie — Dear Guernsey).
As a multi-departmental organisation, The Sarnian has far more staff than are mentioned in the Sarnian series, but key members who play an active role are as follows:
Guernsey is well served by a range bespoke local magazines and newspapers, as well as commercial and BBC television and radio. Although Guernsey and Jersey sit close to one another, their media are distinct, reflecting the differing personalities of the two islands.
The Sarnian is a relative newcomer, which perhaps explains the combative approach to reporting it has adopted in the hope of being noticed. It occupies offices on the front at the northern end of St Peter Port where floor to ceiling windows give views of Little Russell and, beyond it, Herm and Jethou.
Freya Carlisle’s office continues this theme as a glass box in the middle of the editorial floor. The staff refer to it as the Hive, and to her as the Queen Bee.