HBO has cancelled “Vice News Tonight,” and Vice Media’s head of news Josh Tyrangiel is leaving the company, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Vice has tapped Jesse Angelo, former CEO of the New York Post who is close with the Murdoch family, for a new role overseeing news, television and digital.
HBO’s cancellation isn’t a huge surprise given that the cable channel, which is now owned by AT&T, ended its Vice weekly show several months ago. But it’s surprising that AT&T’s WarnerMedia wouldn’t try to keep Vice’s shows for its upcoming streaming service. It raises the question of whether it has decided news doesn’t work for its audience and, if so, what that means for its show with news site Axios.
Vice is already talking to other platforms about doing news shows, but it will be interesting to see if HBO decides to stick with news.