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Vice News Hit With Layoffs in U.S., U.K.

Company appoints Josh Tyrangiel head of news operations as part of restructuring

Vice Media is cutting 15 news staffers in the U.S. and has axed three members of the Vice News U.K. editorial team, while the company also has recently hired nearly 20 employees and plans to open additional news bureaus.

As part of the overhaul of news operations, Josh Tyrangiel — the former Bloomberg chief content officer tapped by Vice last fall to run the daily news show for HBO — will now oversee the company’s news division internationally and coordinate strategy between Vice News and the Vice daily and weekly programs on HBO. Politico first reported on the layoffs and Tyrangiel’s new appointment.

“The plan in place will expand Vice’s news offerings across digital and TV, continue the recent of wave of newsroom hires, add additional foreign bureaus, and marshal the company’s existing news divisions into one cohesive powerhouse,” a rep for the Brooklyn-based media company said in a statement.

In the U.S., Vice News is letting go producers, writers and editors in New York and L.A. The layoffs come after the company has made a number of new hires, including Madeleine Haeringer as executive producer of the HBO nightly show, Ryan McCarthy as editor-in-chief of Vice News and former New York Times reporter Ravi Somaiya as tech correspondent.

Vice News plans to hire additional editorial employees in the near future, as well as launch new editorial and production bureaus in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

Earlier this week Vice Media announced the promotion of Ciel Hunter to head of content, overseeing operations across mobile and digital platforms. An 11-year veteran of the company, Hunter takes over for Alex Miller, who is now creative director of Viceland EMEA based in London.

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