“HBO has canceled Vice News Tonight, putting an end to its seven-year relationship with Vice Media.
The architect of that show, news chief Josh Tyrangiel, will depart Vice this summer after nearly four years of, per a memo he sent to staff, “harrowing challenges and huge highs” with the company.
Amid the changes at Vice News, CEO Nancy Dubuc has tapped Jesse Angelo, the former chairman and CEO of the New York Post, for a newly created role overseeing news, television and digital at Vice.”
What a tremendous loss. As I hinted at yesterday, the writing has been on the wall for Vice News Tonight for a while now; both Vice and HBO are under new leadership, Vice’s weekly show already got the axe, and former HBO CEO Richard Plepler was always Vice’s biggest supporter at the network. Tyangiel’s departure is unexpected, Vice restructured its entire news department around him a few years ago, so it’s not like this show was the only thing he was doing. Replacing him with a Murdoch protégé from the country’s dumbest newspaper is...an interesting choice on the part of Nancy Dubuc.
Beyond all the business angles here, Vice News Tonight was legit really great television journalism. It was the perfect culmination of what Vice’s nascent and disjointed news department had been building towards since its inception; visually-immersive, documentary inspired news stories that told stories that corporate newscasts often ignored. It’s always been easy to discount Vice based on its bombast, but I would challenge any of its critics to find another news show that focused on international stories as much as Vice News Tonight did.
Deadline reports that Vice is searching for a new home for a similar daily show, and I truly hope that pans out. It’s hard to imagine anyone will be up for the budget of what HBO likely was spending, though. In the meantime, Vice News Tonight will be airing until September.