Ahead of the April launch of its streaming subscription service, HBO announced Thursday that it’ll be partnering with Vice to offer daily news coverage.
Vice, known for its youthful, edgy approach to news, will produce a daily newscast, weekly series and specials for HBO. The newscast will consist of five half-hour episodes per week, featuring on-the-ground reporting from more than 30 global bureaus. The series, expanding from 14 to 35 episodes per year, will be a documentary show, and specials on hot news topics will total 32 over the next four years.
The dramatic increase in its news coverage also includes a Vice-branded channel on HBO Now.
“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,” HBO CEO Richard Pepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo said in a statement.
Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith added, “This deal, simply put, allows Vice the freedom to go after any store, anywhere we find it — and with complete independence.”