Vice, HBO expand news deal

HBO is expanding its relationship with Vice Media as the premium cable channel prepares to launch its online streaming service, HBO Now.

The two companies have confirmed a four-year deal that will see Vice, the millennial-focused digital news company, produce HBO’s first daily newscast. Vice’s news programme will consist of five half-hour shows each week, airing 48 weeks per year. In a joint announcement, HBO and Vice said the newscast will include “the original on-the-ground reporting viewers expect from Vice, but in a daily format.”

The deal also more than doubles the number of annual episodes of Vice’s weekly HBO documentary series —from 14 episodes per year to 35 — while promising a total of 32 Vice-produced specials over the next four years. The new programming will be aired on the HBO network and be made available for online streaming. Vice will also have its own branded channel on the new HBO Now streaming service.

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