Who are we?
AFTV is the largest football fan network in the world.
Founded in 2012, AFTV (previously known as ArsenalFanTV), has become the platform for Arsenal fans to voice their views to the world in the immediate aftermath of a match, with fan interviews consistently amassing millions of views across all platforms on a weekly basis. Football Fans from across the globe come to AFTV for all the latest football news, reviews, stats and banter.
AFTV is where the world watches, and the voice of the fan is heard!
Building surveyor turned football media mogul Robbie Lyle is the founder and owner of AFTV.
Robbie has become most synonymous with viewers around the world for interviewing fans outside of stadiums with the iconic red AFTV microphone, a role he still carries out hundreds of times a season.
Whilst having only focused on one team, Robbie has been a pioneer in the football media world – he is one of the most prominent black personalities in UK sports media and is one of the only black personalities to own a successful media company in UK sport.
Robbie’s work in UK sports media has given rise to dozens of similarly successful online platforms, offering a model that has helped to democratise the footballing discourse in a space traditionally dominated by billionaire-owned legacy media companies. Robbie’s achievements as a black personality in a football media world conventionally lacking in black ownership have provided a beacon of hope to aspiring black talent in the industry, who use Robbie’s successes as a mould in shaping their own career aspirations.
Robbie has successfully parlayed his social media success into mainstream media success. He has frequently appeared on national media platforms such as BBC, ITV and Talksport. Notwithstanding in 2018 Robbie produced the fan popular ‘Real Football Fan Show’ for Channel 4, and in March 2020 he hosted and narrated the nominated award ITV documentary entitled “Under Their Skin,” which looked at racism in football, and the experiences of black football supporters in the UK.
Robbie’s work in sports media has since extended further than AFTV, recently launching his own channel ‘DR Sports’ that focuses on football away from Arsenal, as well as sports outside of football including boxing and Formula 1.