There are more rumblings of Josh Tyrangiel’s move to Vice Media.
Insiders at the Brooklyn-based company confirmed that the widespread speculation of the former Bloomberg chief content officer’s new gig at their company are, indeed, true.
Tyrangiel is said to be heading up Vice’s daily newscast for HBO, which is set to launch during the fourth quarter —basically now. Vice, which isn’t exactly known for its Bloomberg-ian efficiency, did not comment on Tyrangiel’s new job. Tyrangiel could not be reached for comment.
In March, Vice inked a deal with HBO that would not only extend its weekly documentary series, but also add a 30-minute newscast that would run 48 weeks a year.
Vice has been in the process of broadening its reach in new areas, which include politics, business, luxury and women-centric content. Although Tyrangiel won’t likely help much in that last category, his past experience at Bloomberg, where he helped shape business, political and luxury media products, will likely lend some weight to Vice’s programming.
Vice, which launched a somewhat off brand Millennial-centric personal finance program sponsored by Bank of America called “The Business of Life,” could likely use Tyrangiel’s help. It could be argued, however, that the ex-Bloomberg media guru didn’t make a large improvement on his former employer’s television programming.
Recently, Michael Bloomberg came back to run his eponymous media firm, and he began shaking things up. Not only did the company undergo about 90 newsroom job cuts, but the television department, which Tyrangiel oversaw, was also impacted. The company’s digital chief, Josh Topolsky was given his walking papers, and Bloomberg brought in The Economist’s longtime editor in chief John Micklethwait to oversee News. The changes apparently stoked Tyrangiel’s itch to leave.
At Vice, things aren’t quite so placid either. The company, which is currently retooling its News division since managing editor Kevin Dolak departed for Newsweek, seems to be perpetually in the process of bringing in new hires to help grow new coverage areas or fill spots left open by former employees.
Although Vice is one of the buzziest digital media companies around right now, it still lacks the journalistic oomph of contemporaries such as “60 Minutes,” The New York Times, and, some may argue, Buzzfeed News. Tyrangiel’s hire is definitely a way for Vice to burnish its street cred, and could be a sign of things to come for the company.