Vice Media Group has partnered with iHeartMedia to launch a weekly investigative news podcast set to launch this fall. The 30-minute “Vice News Reports,” co-produced by iHeartRadio and Vice News, will include a mix of long- and short-form reports, feature stories and series focusing on major global news stories and underreported events beyond the 24-hour news cycle.
Among specific topics planned are the rise of the alt-right in the U.S. and abroad and a multi-part investigation into the debate about arming teachers in America’s schools.
The series will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.
The companies say the series will provide “in-depth, on-the-ground reportage, tapping into Vice’s extensive global network of diverse, award-winning journalists, offering rare access audio that brings the listener directly into the story unlike any other program.”
The digital media and broadcasting company, which sprouted from Vice magazine, announced the partnership at its virtual NewFront presentation on Wednesday, June 24.
“At Vice News we provide a comprehensive look at complex news issues by reporting where others do not, and amplifying voices that are going unheard,” said Jesse Angelo, President, Global News and Entertainment, Vice Media Group. “Audio allows us to go further; the medium lets us dive into the nuance and involve the audience in intimate ways that cannot be achieved with video. We are excited to explore this even more with ‘Vice News Reports’ and iHeartRadio.”
As part of the alliance, iHeart gets a first-look option to co-produce additional podcasts based on Vice Media Group content.
The new venture follows an expansion into audio by Vice under Kate Osborn, longtime former producer for NPR, BBC and Rachel Maddow. Since 2019, the media outlet has produced audio series such as Chapo: Kingpin on Trial, Uncommitted: Iowa 2020, and The Distance: Coronavirus Dispatches.
“With today’s busy schedules, listeners are always looking for engaging content, especially on global critical topics of interest,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “We are excited to launch this new investigative series with Vice, keeping listeners up-to-date on the latest current events, while also uncovering untold truths in today’s tumultuous climate.”