Second chance for Arise News on Freeview
Troubled Nigerian-owned news channel Arise News is having a second go at operating a service on Freeview.
This time, the channel is being operated as a streamed channel - for viewers with compatible devices connected to the internet.
Arise News has been added to channel 257, with the portal through which connected devices access the stream located on multiplex COM4 (SDN). The service is being facilitated by Synapse TV, who are licenced to operate a number of streamed channels on the digital terrestrial TV platform.
The channel was originally available in some areas on Freeview last year as a regular linear over-the-air channel, before it was suddenly pulled amidst long-standing reports of missed payments to suppliers and staff.
Arise News has not been able to maintain a constant service on Sky, the only other TV platform the channel is distributed on in the UK and has frequently been observed dropping off and then being reinstated on the Sky EPG, with news programmes periodically being replaced by looped documentaries.