HBO took the wraps off plans today for its upcoming nightly newscast. The pay-cable channel announced that “Vice News Tonight” will launch Sept. 26 with a nightly half-hour program.
Along with its carriage on the linear channel, the show will be offered on HBO NOW, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
“Under the leadership of Josh Tyrangiel, Executive Vice President Content, News, ‘Vice News Tonight’ aims to provide an indispensable nightly news show for viewers who have grown increasingly skeptical of daily broadcast news,” HBO said in its announcement.
Tyrangiel added: “The nightly news hasn’t changed its format in 60 years, whereas the way most viewers — particularly younger viewers — consume information has changed dramatically. We understand that people aren’t going to watch ‘Vice News Tonight’ out of obligation. We’re going to have to earn people’s time and attention with great reporting and original forms of storytelling, something Vice has excelled at for several years now. We can’t wait to get started and show people what we’ve been up to.”
The announcement adds: “In preparation for the upcoming launch, Vice News has built a team that reflects this reimagined and modern approach. Vice News’ staff has more than doubled this summer, bringing on heavy hitters such as Madeleine Haeringer as the Executive Producer of ‘Vice News Tonight’ and Ryan McCarthy as the Editor-in-Chief of vicenews.com. In addition to the nearly 40 other hires who will work across all three Vice News products, Evan McMorris-Santoro from BuzzFeed, Nellie Bowles from the Guardian, Ravi Somaiya from the New York Times and Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani from the Huffington Post have joined the ranks as well.”