Vice Media and HBO carried through on plans announced earlier this year recently announced the cable network will start broadcasting an evening newscast program entitled “Vice News Tonight. The program starts September 26, airing weeknights are 7:30 PM eastern and pacific time. It will debut only hours prior to the initial presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It will also be accessible via HBO’s streaming services, as well as HBO GO and its other alternative HBO On Demand in addition to other associated portals.
The program’s purpose is to connect with younger viewers who have become disenchanted with daily broadcast news programs, Vice outlined in its announcement.Nightly news formats have not changed in 60 years. But the way many viewers obtain information has changed substantially, said Josh Tyrangiel, the executive vice-president of Content, News, and Vice News Tonight.Vice doubled its reporting staff over the summer in preparation for the show’s debut. New hires include Madeleine Haeringer – executive producer; Ryan McCarthy – the editor-in-chief of vicenews.com; Ravi Somaiya via the New York Times; Nellie Bowles formerly with the Guardian; Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani formerly with the Huffington Post and Evan McMorris-Santoro from BuzzFeed. The decision to have the program air a bit later than conventional television is in recognition that many people work more hours now than the usual 9 to 5. As well, having the program accessible using streaming services gives viewers the opportunity to tune into the news on their schedule. They can also scan a few days of programming.
Netflix is also going this route with the debut of Chelsea Handler’s talk show with new episodes three days per week. Netflix has indicated its intent to enter the news industry.Additional streaming services have also enlarged outside of on-demand recorded content. As an example, Amazon has tested actual and interactive programming. Its fashion TV show, Style Code Live, and the CBS network’s streaming service offers the bulk of U.S. viewers to view their local CBS station live. That includes news programming. Hulu publicized plans for a TV streaming service, also live, that will appear in 2017 carrying entertainment, sports, and news.
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