The ambition of Arise TV was laudable. The station started up in September 2014 with their mission being to seek, promote and to celebrate all that is African and Afropolitan across all continents, engaging citizens of the world in the biggest stories of the day.
The execution and the it’s subsequent downfall was because its programming felt second-hand and they very rarely explored the core issues of the of the communities it tried to serve.
Most importantly, it did not seem to bring on young talent from within the community, the line up often looked tired and hackneyed. If anything, some have argued that it was nothing more than a vanity project for it’s owner the Duke - Nduka Obaigbena. We may be wrong as they have suggested that they will be back. The recent problems of unpaid licences, salaries and fees led to the station coming off the air on the 14th January 2016. The estimated debt is £3 million; the reason for non payment was put down to the falling oil price.
Ultimately this is a shame; the idea of a global station that could bring together many of the issues facing the black community was great, but it seems to have been brought down by money laundering accusations and unprofessional and incomprehensible programming schedules that targeted no particular audience.
It’s easy at these times of trouble to stick the knife in, but Arise was ambitious, maybe too ambitious, but there was definitely a set of stories out there that needed to be told, and still do...