HBO, VICE expand news programming deal

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 27 March 2015

HBO and VICE Media have announced a major news partnership that will significantly expand VICE's programming to HBO subscribers over the next four years.

In its most expansive programming deal ever, HBO will dramatically increase the network's current events coverage, adding a daily newscast and specials to the existing deal with the journalist group.

Additionally, a VICE-branded channel on the HBO NOW streaming service will provide instant access to VICE content for all HBO subscribers.

The daily VICE newscast will consist of five half-hour shows per week, 48 weeks a year. And, HBO has made a four-year commitment for an increased number of VICE-produced specials, totalling 32 through 2018.

The existing weekly series on HBO was also granted a four-year extension (with an increase from 14 to 35 episodes a year).

"Shane and the VICE team have produced some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic journalism anywhere. From the front lines in the Ukraine, to the icebergs of Antarctica and the streets of Ferguson, VICE news has helped illuminate and expand our understanding of an increasingly complex world," said Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO. "This extension of the HBO/VICE relationship, which will include more shows, more documentaries and even a VICE daily newscast, is a natural evolution of our partnership. All of us at HBO couldn't be more excited working with the VICE team and helping to tell the stories which define our world."