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AlexEdohHD13419 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London
Some ITV companies were very committed to children's programmes in the past but ITV of today appears to treat children's programmes as an afterthought - probably to comply with public service requirements.

But why do they do this?
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Riaz296 posts since 6 Jan 2016
As to your original point, I was referring to the kids today in a few years time. They'll do what we do today - decree how poor the then current offerings are in light of what they had. Okay we who grew up with kids TV in the 1980s and 1990s only had access for the most part to two offerings and limited imports (though one could say it was potentially higher quality as CBBC and CITV would cherry-pick the offerings and save us the dross), whereas today they have 50 channels and can grow up on mostly American sourced programming of varying quality with some home grown programmes in between.


Kid's TV viewing has diversified both in terms of sources and programmes they watch. I come from the era of CBBC, CITV, and a small selection of video tapes in the shops but kids of today have an almost unlimited choice of video material in comparison. It's almost impossible for a kid's TV channel today to attract the same number of eyeballs as CBBC and CITV did between 4 and 5PM back in the 1980s.
AlexEdohHD13419 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London
Apologies for the sudden change of topic, but we are talking about the best and worst channels, Arise News (Judging by what I have read about them) is the worst TV channel in the UK. Poor quality programming, Poor Playout Output, not to mention a poor industrial record (as in late paychecks) are just some of the problems with the network. It used to be on Freeview, but it closed down in September 2015 on the Freeview platform and it's on & off on Sky.
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Riaz296 posts since 6 Jan 2016
Also, for the record, CITV is an example of a channel that was once decent, now it's just nothing but gutter tier. I remember the amount of great shows it had, now it's schedule is filled with Horrid Henry and Almost Naked Animals, the latter known to be awful. And that has resonated into declining ratings for CITV as a result.


It's easy to look at the past with fondness but I can assure you that whilst there were several fantastic programmes on CITV back in the 1980s and 1990s that would be just as popular with kids today there were also a fair few mediocre programmes.

It wouldn't surprise me if you asked anybody who watched CITV over any five year period during the 1980s and 1990s about which programmes they really enjoyed few would list more than 10.
MetalGearRex778 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Apologies for the sudden change of topic, but we are talking about the best and worst channels, Arise News (Judging by what I have read about them) is the worst TV channel in the UK. Poor quality programming, Poor Playout Output, not to mention a poor industrial record (as in late paychecks) are just some of the problems with the network. It used to be on Freeview, but it closed down in September 2015 on the Freeview platform and it's on & off on Sky.

Probably the worst news channel in the UK by far. The owner (Obaigbena) hasn't even bothered to pay journalists, Ofcom and Freeview/Sky, and the unions have warned people on joining Arise News since the owner doesn't really bother paying his workers.
To top it all off, the news bulletins are all recorded loops that get boring quite quickly, and even Obaigbena has made a mockery of the High Court by starting another company related to Arise News. Not to mention that Sky have taken it off twice this year, due to the fact that Arise doesn't even bother showing a few hours of programming each week, and Sky are utterly strict on the amount of shows broadcast per week, which also caused the BBC to show a secret BBC Three schedule after the online loops. Simply put, Arise News is utterly awful.
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AlexEdohHD13419 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London
Apologies for the sudden change of topic, but we are talking about the best and worst channels, Arise News (Judging by what I have read about them) is the worst TV channel in the UK. Poor quality programming, Poor Playout Output, not to mention a poor industrial record (as in late paychecks) are just some of the problems with the network. It used to be on Freeview, but it closed down in September 2015 on the Freeview platform and it's on & off on Sky.

Probably the worst news channel in the UK by far. The owner (Obaigbena) hasn't even bothered to pay journalists, Ofcom and Freeview/Sky, and the unions have warned people on joining Arise News since the owner doesn't really bother paying his workers.
To top it all off, the news bulletins are all recorded loops that get boring quite quickly, and even Obaigbena has made a mockery of the High Court by starting another company related to Arise News. Not to mention that Sky have taken it off twice this year, due to the fact that Arise doesn't even bother showing a few hours of programming each week, and Sky are utterly strict on the amount of shows broadcast per week, which also caused the BBC to show a secret BBC Three schedule after the online loops. Simply put, Arise News is utterly awful.


Firstly, It's not just awful. It's GOD-DAMN awful! - 'Worst channel in the UK' is a bit of an understatement! The channel won't be missed when it goes off air. In fact, it shouldn't even be allowed to broadcast. They should have had their licence rejected/revoked.

Secondly, Arise News is a company with a ****-ton of problems - Why anyone would want to work at let alone watch that channel OR the parent company is beyond me! Confused

I actually feel more sorry for the staff working there than the viewers.
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AlexEdohHD13419 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London
First topic in this forum.
Decided to create this thread to share my opinions and to see what people's opinions on what their favourite or hated digital channels are. Defunct channels count too.

Here are what I consider to be the best digital channels in the UK of all time, whether I watch them or not:
All 5 terrestrial services
ITV2/ITV3/ITV4
E4/More4/Film4
BBC Four
Sky1/Atlantic/Living
Sky Sports
Gold/Dave
Fox
Comedy Central
5 USA / 5Star
Challenge
Nat Geo
Yesterday
CBBC/CBeebies

Defunct channels that proved their worth:
BBC Three (despite its online move)
Plus
Bravo
Channel One/Virgin1

Worst ones of the lot:
History (modern version)
YourTV
Disney Channel (modern)
Nickelodeon (modern)
MTV
All of the adult trash that plagues Freeview

What do you think in your opinion are the best and worst digital channels of all time?

You can add Arise News on that list as well.
Last edited by AlexEdohHD13 on 22 June 2016 11:54pm
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bkman1990473 posts since 29 Jan 2012
UTV Newsline
I agree with what's being said about Arise News being the worst digital channel ever in the UK. The owner really has some neck in not paying his staff members a weekly wage or even a salary. It is a disgraceful carry on to continue this farce.

These journalists who work there should not be tolerating this any further because they know they are in a professional job have better worth elsewhere rather then being stuck of thinking of having no further prospects of moving on to a newer position. There are cuts being implemented in some of the major TV news organisations like the BBC & Al Jazeera but a better job has to be gotten somewhere for them in other media organisations that will take them on.

I still can't believe that Michael WIlson, who was a well respected Business Editor on Sky News a long time ago, is being stuck on an awful channel like Arise News. He is the only UK Journalist I have seen on there. He is an extremely good business journalist on TV. I just feel that he is being undervalued at the station by not being paid a salary for his work.

I have a feeling he should leave the station and I will say that for the rest of the staff members who work there as well.
MetalGearRex778 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
I agree with what's being said about Arise News being the worst digital channel ever in the UK. The owner really has some neck in not paying his staff members a weekly wage or even a salary. It is a disgraceful carry on to continue this farce.

These journalists who work there should not be tolerating this any further because they know they are in a professional job have better worth elsewhere rather then being stuck of thinking of having no further prospects of moving on to a newer position. There are cuts being implemented in some of the major TV news organisations like the BBC & Al Jazeera but a better job has to be gotten somewhere for them in other media organisations that will take them on.

I still can't believe that Michael WIlson, who was a well respected Business Editor on Sky News a long time ago, is being stuck on an awful channel like Arise News. He is the only UK Journalist I have seen on there. He is an extremely good business journalist on TV. I just feel that he is being undervalued at the station by not being paid a salary for his work.

I have a feeling he should leave the station and I will say that for the rest of the staff members who work there as well.

And Obaigbena decided to take the piss on the High Court by forming a new firm related to Arise News - the old firm had finances upwards of £100 .

TMTV is a top contender for one of the worst channels Freeview has ever witnessed. For an adult channel, it sure has managed to screw up with stream times of 3am to 9am , the latter three hours when kids would be watching CBBC, CBeebies and CITV. Add in the various licence breaches (too cringeworthy to talk about) and it finally died off when Ofcom finally had enough.

Quiz Call is another one of those channels that would be nothing but actual physical cringe at best.

Moving on to pay TV, Sky2 isn't one of the worst, but it's so rundown and far behind the times, that I actually wonder why Sky still operate the channel. Sky Living, Atlantic and Arts managed to supersede Sky2 as worthy sister channels to Sky1, and Catch Up TV has rendered the Sky1 repeats on Sky2 utterly useless. The lack of self promotion sums it all up as well.
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Riaz296 posts since 6 Jan 2016
Apologies for the sudden change of topic, but we are talking about the best and worst channels, Arise News (Judging by what I have read about them) is the worst TV channel in the UK. Poor quality programming, Poor Playout Output, not to mention a poor industrial record (as in late paychecks) are just some of the problems with the network. It used to be on Freeview, but it closed down in September 2015 on the Freeview platform and it's on & off on Sky.


Is worst defined as worst on screen or worst behind the scenes?

Arise News is an appallingly badly managed company but the TV channel has support from plenty of African viewers.