Africa-Focused News Network, ARISE.TV Launches To Take On CNN, BBC, Others

A new 24-hour international TV news network called ARISE.TV set to rival existing giants in the global market is soft launching today, after two days of test broadcasting from its news centres in London, New York, Johannesburg and Lagos.

The news channel is expected to have a strong African footprint, though with international coverage of under-served communities in the United States and other parts of the world.

Founded by leading Nigerian media mogul, Nduka Obaigbena, the publisher of, arguably, Nigeria’s biggest and most influential daily newspaper, THISDAY and owner and publisher of ARISE, an influential fashion and culture magazine, ARISE.TV will be live on cable, satellite, the Internet and mobile devices.

The news channel is expected to uniquely cover the changing face of Africa with in-depth analysis from some of the world’s best news producers and a team of TV news experts from around the globe such as Rob Beynon, a former executive producer with ITN and Sky News and Lyne Pitts, a former Vice President of NBC News and an Executive Producer with CBS America.

Nigerian-born John Chiahemen, a former Reuters bureau chief is its Managing Editor and Head of Africa and Jeff Koinange, an Emmy award winning reporter and formerly CNN’s star Africa reporter will be based in Johannesburg as an anchorman and correspondent.

While a full broadcast operation is expected in March 2013, ARISE News is broadcasting across Europe on SKY Channel 234, while the company is currently negotiating other major distribution deals across the globe.

We’ve reached out to the company to know when it would be available in African countries and would update this post when we know more.

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