Vice News to Expand Operations in Seven New Markets Around the Globe
A daily newscast launches in France today, with expansion to Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil and Mexico planned
Vice News is taking its show on the road, expanding into seven territories over the next six months.
The rapidly growing global news operation will be opening newsrooms in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil and Mexico, with local-language editions and original programming.
Each new territory will have independent editorial and video production offices creating short-form and feature-length documentaries, recurring programs and live reporting that will be part of the Vice News ecosystem.
While YouTube and online will continue to be the channel's main focus, Vice News launches in France on Monday over linear TV with a nightly 13-minute broadcast on national network France4. The locally produced program will air each weekday at 8:35 p.m. and consist of a news roundup and one longer investigative dispatch segment.
Vice News launched in March in the U.S. and the U.K. and has since made global headlines with its in-depth embedded coverage of the war in Ukraine and ISIS. Its YouTube news channel has amassed 1 million subscribers and 150 million views of various programs since the launch earlier this year.
The move follows $500 million investments earlier this year, with $250 million from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures in September and $250 million from A+E Networks in August. Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox also bought a 5 percent stake in the media organization in Aug. 2013 for $70 million.
Vice also produces a 30-minute weekly news program for HBO, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in August, and founder Shane Smith has said he would like to launch a 24-hour channel.
The French-language site, started with a back catalog of Vice stories as well as episodes of some of its TV fare including F--- That's Delicious, will post five to seven items daily, with roughly half consisting of translated content curated from Vice. Video content will be a mix of clips from the 35 offices around the world and locally produced.
The Paris-based French office will be headed by Etienne Rouillon — previously editor-in-chief of cinema and culture magazine TriCouleurs and director of hacker documentary Pirat@ge — with a staff of six and two in the New York office dedicated to the territory.