Last week, when Vice Media CEO Shane Smith told Hearst Magazines Digital Media president Troy Young to expect "a bloodbath" in digital media, this might not be what he had in mind.
Vice Media has promoted Josh Tyrangiel to oversee all news operations at the company, while laying off as many as 18 staffers, multiple outlets reported today.
The reorganization places all of Vice News' operations, including the weekly HBO series, an upcoming daily HBO production, website vertical, and YouTube channel, under the purview of Tyrangiel, who joined Vice from Bloomberg Businessweek last October. According to Politico, who first reported the news, it also means about 15 editorial staffers in New York and Los Angeles are on their way out.
Additionally, Vice News foreign correspondent Harriet Salam tweets that all of Vice News' UK-based editorial staff has been let go, as well as two other foreign correspondents, including herself.
The reports come just weeks after Vice announced a series of editorial hires and promotions in both the UK and U.S., including Ryan McCarthy as editor-in-chief of Vice News, longtime NBC/MSNBC producer Madeleine Haeringer as executive producer of the new HBO program, and company veteran Ciel Hunter as head of content.
This is a developing story.