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Vice Media Lays Off Nearly 20 Staffers Amid Reshuffle

The company is both hiring and firing as a nightly newscast nears.
Vice Media announced a restructuring Tuesday that includes around 18 layoffs and 20 new hires.
Vice Media announced a restructuring Tuesday that includes around 18 layoffs and 20 new hires.

Vice Media announced a reorganization Tuesday intended to consolidate its news divisions and bolster its video offerings.

As a part of the shuffle, Vice has laid off 15 employees in New York and Los Angeles. The company also laid off three full-time U.K. employees, Variety reported

Tuesday's layoffs come amid a string of hires at Vice, with around 20 new staffers joining the company in the last couple of weeks.

That's in addition to the promotion of Josh Tyrangiel to oversee all of Vice's international news operations. The former Bloomberg executive joined the company last October.

A forthcoming nightly news show on HBO is expected to launch sometime this year, and will run alongside the media company's weekly programming, previously overseen by Tyrangiel.

"The plan in place will expand Vice's news offerings across digital and TV, continue the recent wave of newsroom hires, add additional foreign bureaus, and marshal the company's existing news divisions into one cohesive powerhouse," the company said in an emailed statement to The Huffington Post.

A spokesperson said that Vice plans to hire more people in the coming weeks. The company also expects to announce new bureaus in Hong Kong and San Francisco in the next several months.

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