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Vice Magazine 'to Launch News Channel'

(December 2013)

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According to the New Yorker, Vice is planning to launch a 24-hour a day news channel by expanding content on it's 'Vice News' section. In a profile of Vice for the NY, Lizzie Widdicombe said;

In addition to beefing up its coverage of advertiser-friendly areas like sports and fashion, Vice plans to create a “twenty-four-hour global news channel,” by turning its foreign offices into news bureaus that will report, in real time, on events in their regions. Vice is opening bureaus as quickly as traditional-media organizations are closing them.

Smith told me, “It used to be, back in the day, that news was the most profitable of all shows that the networks did. The Gulf War built CNN. There’s a lot of conceptions that news doesn’t make money, that young people don’t care about news. But young people obviously care about news—that’s why we’re successful.” He went on, “I know it sounds crazy, but let’s say, hypothetically, you become the default source for news on YouTube. You get billions of video views, WPP monetizes it. Then you are the next CNN.” [...]

If Vice does become a global news network, it might have to rethink some aspects of its prankster approach to reporting. [...] Still, if Vice is the future of media, it might be argued that, for all its faults, it’s no worse than what we already have. For anyone accustomed to the current offerings on cable news—with its twenty-four-hour cycles and blow-dried personalities rehashing wire reports—it’s hard not to be impressed by Vice’s vitality and by some of the topics that it covers firsthand.


This should shake up the market. Vice are a big player now and no-one can ignore that.
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Is there really a gap in the market that needs filling? I think rolling news stations already saturate the airwaves plenty, would no one else agree we are spoiled for choice. Do they mention specifically what they can bring to the table that no other news outlet can offer?
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Is there really a gap in the market that needs filling? I think rolling news stations already saturate the airwaves plenty, would no one else agree we are spoiled for choice. Do they mention specifically what they can bring to the table that no other news outlet can offer?


It could fill the Current TV, Young People, Brooklyn type demo?
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Plus Vice Documentaries have a distinctive youthful 'raw' style.
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gonzo posted:
Is there really a gap in the market that needs filling? I think rolling news stations already saturate the airwaves plenty, would no one else agree we are spoiled for choice. Do they mention specifically what they can bring to the table that no other news outlet can offer?


It could fill the Current TV, Young People, Brooklyn type demo?

Given that Current folded is that demo big enough for a channel like that to exist?


That video does look quite exciting and they've clearly done some incredible work but I can't imagine they'd be able to sustain such high quality reporting across multiple stories every day of the year.
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gonzo posted:
Is there really a gap in the market that needs filling? I think rolling news stations already saturate the airwaves plenty, would no one else agree we are spoiled for choice. Do they mention specifically what they can bring to the table that no other news outlet can offer?


It could fill the Current TV, Young People, Brooklyn type demo?

Given that Current folded is that demo big enough for a channel like that to exist?


That video does look quite exciting and they've clearly done some incredible work but I can't imagine they'd be able to sustain such high quality reporting across multiple stories every day of the year.


They did a HBO series earlier this year that was excellent. Spike Jonze has really changed their outlook - they concentrate more on video now and it's helped them move across content. It may have a detrimental effect on the website, but they do have a lot of people who can keep up content, all over the world. The set up is already there, it just needs to be properly converted (and they have enough money to do that). I think there is space, but they need a few established names on the network I think.
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Hopefully Vice_is_hip will also launch a news channel
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I've watched some of the Vice documentaries in the past - but I hope they know there's a difference between publishing online at a schedule that suits you; and a continuous news channel. They don't come cheap, as Arise News will tell you.
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I've watched some of the Vice documentaries in the past - but I hope they know there's a difference between publishing online at a schedule that suits you; and a continuous news channel. They don't come cheap, as Arise News will tell you.


I suppose a $70 Million Rupert Murdoch stake will raise their expectations they'll be able to do it.
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Pete posted:
Hopefully Vice_is_hip will also launch a news channel

I do hope so. That's a fantastic parody
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Further information from Shane Smith...

39 days later

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Vice News have announced Ben Anderson, Aris Roussinos and Gelareh Kiazand as their hosts. The Beta has been active for a while, but they are saying the News Channel will launch 'soon' still.

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