The Fog of War | Ukraine: Broadcasters on the Front Line

A panel of BBC, ITN and Sky journalists examine the challenges of covering the war in Ukraine. BBC's Paul Adams, ITV's Rachel Corp, VICE News’ Hind Hassan and Sky News’ Jonathan Levy, chaired by Sian Williams, discuss how broadcasters and journalists deal with safety issues, access, verifying material and the difficulties of 24-hour news driven by social media and online coverage, all while remaining impartial, keeping their sanity, and not falling victim to propaganda.

Channel 4 and Vice join forces in new major partnership

The programming will feature new and old content including documentary series Hate Thy Neighbour, Needles and Pins and Gaycation, fashion series States Of Undress, and a current affairs and news strand.

The content will feature in a Vice branded hub on Channel 4's on-demand streaming service All 4 and will be the first time it has hosted content from a non-Channel 4 brand. It follows an initial third party licensing agreement between Vice and Channel 4 which saw four titles available for a limited time on the All 4 platform earlier this year. 

The Guardian gets into bed with Vice

Viceland, Vice, Sky,

This is the first partnership of its kind that the Vice team have formed, and it will see a small team of Guardian journalists relocate to Vice’s offices in east London.

The Guardian intends to offer an experienced team to Vice, and in turn will be able to utilise Vice’s video production skills in delivering content to its millennial audience.

Vice CEO Shane Smith said “Real, fact-based, trusted news has never been more important and this partnership, I am very excited to say, will provide just that.”

Commissioning for the Future

The panel (L-R): From left: Jane Martinson, Zai Bennett, Delia Bushell, Damian Kavanagh, Richard Watsham and Kevin Sutcliffe (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Defining success in a connected content world is not straightforward. Is the buzz on social media more important than overnight ratings? And how does one commission shows that will play equally effectively on all devices across all platforms? 

Those were the main questions addressed in “Meet the new commissioners.” Session chair Jane Martinson, The Guardian’s head of media, asked some familiar faces with years of experience how the digital world is affecting their decisions. 

Viceland: the importance of branding

Vice show Gaycation (Credit: Viceland)

The youthfully cool Vice Media, famous for its guerrilla-style coverage of war zones and drug busts, has built its brand online. Yet it is about to launch a traditional TV channel in the UK and plans to make it available in 44 countries via different partnerships. 

It’s almost as if Apple had suddenly unveiled a record deck minus any kind of connectivity. Or is it? 

Vice buys Pineapple Dance Studios indie Pulse Films

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The indie is now focusing on scripted television, with future projects earmarked for a number of UK and US broadcasters.

Pulse has grown its TV division considerably, employing new managing and creative directors in recent months. It has also expanded its corporate operations, providing video content for brands such as Audi, Nike, Red Bull and Chanel under its new label East Entertainment. 

“Pulse are one of the few companies in the world that consistently produces content we admire,” said Vice’s co-president, Andrew Creighton.

Vice Media and Sky announce partnership

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The channel will launch in September and will be developed entirely in-house by the Vice creative team.

Viceland launched in the US and Canada to great acclaim in February 2016, offering hours of original content and attracting big names, including Gaycation with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, Huang’s World with Eddie Huang, F*ck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson, and Balls Deep with Thomas Morton.

The battle for news viewers

BBC News at Ten with Huw Edwards

This month, the BBC will unveil a longer version of The BBC Ten O’Clock News. The flagship bulletin will also come with enhanced production values. Even though the changes to the programme, fronted by Huw Edwards, have been under consideration for months, it will be seen as the latest round in the “battle of the bongs”, following the October relaunch of ITV’s News at Ten, with the user-friendly Tom Bradby.

Vice announces launch of a new free-to-air channel

Shane Smith, Founder of Vice

Already a success in its native Canada, Vice is preparing to launch a free-to-air linear channel in the UK - one of 12 across Europe that will be rolled out in the next two years.

Speaking to Broadcast magazine, the company's chief executive Shane Smith said: “It’s no secret that we’ve been wanting to expand our linear presence for quite some time”.  

Netflix plans move into news


Netflix could be expanding into current affairs, the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has said.

Until now, the on-demand service has focused mainly on film and television content with a long shelf life.

However, speaking in Netflix’s Q3 2015 earnings interview, Sarandos said the company could be following its competitor HBO into producing more timely content.

In 2013, HBO teamed up with co-founder and CEO of Vice Shane Smith to produce documentary series Vice for the US cable network. The show’s fourth season is due to air next year.