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Why HBO Is Delaying the Rollout of ‘Vice News Tonight’

Sep 13, 2016  •  Post A Comment

HBO is pushing back the premiere of its unconventional nightly half-hour news program “Vice News Tonight,” with Deadline.com reporting that the debut has been moved from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10.

“Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel presented the move as an indication of the program’s ambitions,” Deadline notes. Tyrangiel said at a press conference this morning: “We want to test it on all its various platforms and make sure it’s perfect.”

The report notes that the newscast, which does not feature an anchor, “combines the mini-documentary approach of Vice’s weekly HBO program with a novel use of graphics, charts and animation.”

“And if the content is idiosyncratic — Tyrangiel said it falls someplace between traditional newscasts and Comedy Central’s ‘Daily Show’ (sans laughs) and was inspired in part by ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Sesame Street’ — the technology behind it is equally noteworthy: Viewed on phones or tablets, ‘Vice News Tonight’ will have touchscreen capability, allowing viewers to access related documents, links, additional footage and ‘extras,’” Deadline adds.

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