Vice News Tonight
|Vice News Tonight|
Vice News Tonight logo/title-card
|Created by||Shane Smith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||255 (as of 12/13/17)|
|Executive producer(s)||Madeleine Haeringer|
|Running time||30 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Vice Original Series|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 10, 2016– present|
Josh Tyrangiel, Vice executive vice-president for news content said that the idea came an effort to try to engage viewers, and not simply to summarize the news. He said that the purpose is "actually placing stories in context and understanding them in a timely way (is) where the great value is," and that Vice is focused on "trying to build a long-term relationship with viewers that's focused on how the world works."
Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president for HBO, said that the show came about because HBO "[wanted] the show to be a good fit for viewers looking for a traditional experience, as well as for those millennials who prefer to get their content on a tablet or a smartphone and want a more interactive experience."
In August 2017, Vice News Tonight received attention after its coverage of the Unite the Right rally, entitled Charlottesville: Race and Terror, went viral after HBO's decision to put the entirety of the episode for free for all to view on YouTube. CNN's Brian Stelter declared the coverage to be Vice News Tonight's "breakout moment." The segment earned Vice News Tonight a 2017 Peabody Award for News coverage.
A typical episode uses a mix of voiceovers, graphics and video packages to dive into national and global news, technology, the environment, economics, and pop culture. The program is devoted to the idea of not using on-air news anchors.
Episodes can be modified hours before airtime to accommodate more-newsworthy segments, and the show can go live if necessary.
Release and accessibility
Vice News Tonight will air 48 weeks per year, and has been given a three-year commitment from the network.
Each episode will also be available on Vice News' website one week after it premieres. Episodes will also be available on HBO Go and HBO Now the day after they air. The show has also designed with touch-screen capabilities, so viewers watching on HBO's digital platforms can pull up related documents, graphs and charts within episodes.
In a review of the first episode, Mike Hale of The New York Times said the show was "new, but no game changer", saying "As hackneyed, shallow and formulaic as network newscasts can be, they still offer something in terms of immediacy and comprehensiveness that Vice News Tonight, as it’s currently constituted, can’t pretend to compete with. If you like the Vice sensibility, though, you might enjoy the show’s capsule version of it. Just don’t expect the news to be new."
Maureen Ryan of Variety said that "if nothing else, it’s good to know that two organizations with deep pockets are coming together in a major effort to help keep citizens — and especially younger Americans — informed... Between HBO and the Internet, one hopes the best of the organization’s reporters will see their work reach a much broader audience."
Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter said that "In its best moments, Vice News Tonight felt like a string of little amuse-bouches to whet appetites for full meals available online. In its lesser moments, it felt like Full Frontal or Last Week Tonight without the jokes and, honestly, with less on-air depth. I think there's probably value in Vice News Tonight as almost a newsletter or digest point-of-entry into the absurd amount of content that the Vice empire generates every day. Even though those newsletters feel old-fashioned on the surface, all the cool media kids have their own and it would be just like the forward-thinking Vice to package theirs in the format of an equally old-fashioned newscast. We'll see if Vice News Tonight evolves into more than that.
In a more critical review, Brian Lowry of CNNMoney said "While Vice has promised a sort-of reinvention of the staid nightly news format, what it delivered merely played like Short Attention Span Theater... The half-hour would have benefited from fewer stories allowed a bit more room to breathe... There's no point in the pay channel doing me-too news, given its premium pedigree. Yet while the mix will surely evolve, Vice News Tonight's template offers a difference, yes, but at least initially, one without much distinction."
- Ryan, Patrick (October 10, 2016). "'Vice News Tonight' casts wide net on HBO". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Stelter, Brian. "'Vice News Tonight' has breakout moment with Charlottesville coverage". cnn.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Charlottesville: Race and Terror". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
- "Our Nightly News Show Premieres Tonight on HBO". Vice Media. October 10, 2016. Archived from the original on October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Ryan, Maureen (October 11, 2016). "TV Review: 'Vice News Tonight'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
- "Vice News Tonight makes big play for millennials". Postmedia News. December 9, 2016. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- "VICE News Tonight on SBS". SBS. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
- Hale, Mike (October 11, 2016). "Review: 'Vice News Tonight,' on HBO, Is New but No Game Changer". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Fienberg, Daniel (October 10, 2016). "'Vice News Tonight': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Lowry, Brian (October 10, 2016). "'Vice News Tonight' brings short-attention span news to HBO". CNNMoney. CNN. Archived from the original on December 23, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.