The Huffington Post
HBO and Vice Media announced a new partnership on Thursday that will bring Vice news content to HBO subscribers in a number of different ways.
The new expansion effort will include a daily, half-hour newscast from Vice, a weekly series on HBO and an increase in Vice-produced specials, the companies announced in a press release. The television company and media outlet have agreed to a four-year deal that promises some 32 Vice specials from now through 2018.
Vice will also have its own channel on HBO’s streaming service HBO NOW.
“I think the first thing, perhaps the hardest thing, I learned about journalism over the past 20 years is that maintaining any type of independence, any type of freedom, is difficult as you scale up,” Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith said in the press release. “This deal, simply put, allows Vice the freedom to go after any story, anywhere we find it – and to do so with complete independence. This deal is a tremendous gift and a tremendous opportunity, and we at Vice realize this.”
This will be HBO’s very first daily newscast, Smith added. The program will feature “on-the-ground reporting” on key stories around the globe. Vice currently has more than 30 bureaus worldwide.