HBO cancels 'Vice News Tonight'

HBO is not renewing its nightly news series with Vice News, The Hill has learned.

Vice News CEO Nancy Dubuc announced in an email to staff Monday morning obtained by The Hill that the cable news company had “made the decision not to renew Vice News tonight” after seven seasons.

“It’s been a great seven-year partnership that began with Shane’s vision and ability to make transformative deals, allowing us to be the most Emmy-awarded and youngest nightly news broadcast available today,” Dubuc wrote in the all staff email, referencing Shane Smith, executive producer of the show.

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Dubuc said a daily Vice News show would continue with more details to be unfurled in coming weeks.

“Vice news is a pillar of this company — one of growing significance and power to the Vice brand,” she wrote. “As one of the most trusted places for news for people under the age of 35, the world news VICE News more than ever and we’re dedicated to ensuring more people around the world have access.”

Monday’s announcement was paired with news that Josh Tyrangiel, executive of "Vice News Tonight" and head of news at the company, would depart at the end of the month. In an email with the subject “fare thee well” to staff on Monday, Tyrangial lauded his four years at the company.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, but the minutes add up, and I could use a break before contemplating my next thing,” he told colleagues.

Dubuc told staff that Tyrangial would stick around after his departure at the end of June on a “consulting basis.”

Vice and HBO announced a content partnership in March 2015. At the time, it was seen as a chance for the premium channel to reach younger audiences that are attracted to Vice.

HBO that month launched HBO Now, a streaming service aimed at young adults who don't want to pay for relatively expensive cable or satellite TV bundles.

"Vice News Tonight" led all nightly newscasts with nine news and documentary Emmy nominations in 2018.

The program averaged 600,000 viewers per night, according to Nielsen. For comparison, ABC's "World News Tonight" averages more than 9 million viewers on broadcast television.

The news of the cancellation comes after Vice weathered significant layoffs at the beginning of year.

In February, Vice Media laid off approximately 10 percent of its workforce, or 250 jobs, in cuts that included its television production studios and news department.

Updated at 10:31 a.m.