Despite some minor quibbles, I find myself checking out HBO’s Vice News which premiered on Oct. 10, 2016, a nightly news show with no anchors, no desks, graphic novel-type visuals and long-form reporting. In just twenty-some minutes, one gets a stimulating overview of national and world news.
As opposed to network news, the broadcast is not “live” but taped in the afternoon so critics complain that there is a canned feel. I agree, but still find a certain freshness in this presentation of news.
The daily news show is a spin-off of HBO’s Vice documentary TV programs started in 2014. I do hope that the producers and writers fine-tune the program to give the viewer a stronger sense of immediacy, but in the meantime, this will be one of my news sources.
It is worth noting that HBO and CNN are both part of the Time Warner family. Perhaps CNN could benefit from some of the innovations begun by HBO Vice News?