Vice News Tonight

Not to be confused with Vice News.
Vice News Tonight

Vice News Tonight logo/title-card
Genre News program
Created by Shane Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30 (as of 11/18/16)
Executive producer(s) Madeleine Haeringer
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Vice Original Series
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10) – present
External links

Vice News Tonight is a nightly American news program broadcast on HBO. It premiered on October 10, 2016. It is HBO's first ever daily series.[1]


Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Vice Media, the production company responsible for the show

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."[1]

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."[1]


In a statement, Vice Media said that Vice News Tonight is a news program with "no ads, no anchors, and no censors."[2]

A typical episode will use 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.[1]

Episodes can be modified hours before airtime to accommodate more-newsworthy segments, and the show can go live if necessary.[1]

Release and accessibility

Vice News Tonight will air 48 weeks per year, and has been given a three-year commitment from the network.[1]

Each episode will also be available on Vice News' website one week after it premieres.[3] 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.[1]


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."[4]

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."[3]

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.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Ryan, Patrick (October 10, 2016). "'Vice News Tonight' casts wide net on HBO". USA Today. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  2. "Our Nightly News Show Premieres Tonight on HBO". Vice Media. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Ryan, Maureen (October 11, 2016). "TV Review: 'Vice News Tonight'". Variety. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  4. Hale, Mike (October 11, 2016). "Review: 'Vice News Tonight,' on HBO, Is New but No Game Changer". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  5. Fienberg, Daniel (October 10, 2016). "'Vice News Tonight': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
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