SBS reveals programming slate for SBS Viceland

SBS Viceland has unveiled its programming slate ahead of its November launch, with SBS favourites such as The Feed to feature alongside imported shows such as Viceland’s Ellen Page and Ian Daniel’s Emmy-nominated exploration of LGBTQI cultures around the world in Gaycation.


Earlier this month it was revealed Vice Media’s lifestyle and culture TV channel would be launching in Australia on Tuesday, November 5, taking over SBS 2 with the channel to be re-branded as SBS Viceland.

New SBS Viceland programs include: Michael K Williams’ examination of the world’s underworld economies in Black Market; Gaycation; Hailey Gates’ investigation into global fashion cultures in States of Undress; Krishna Andavolu’s look into the ethics of marijuana use and legalisation in Weediquette; an international culinary tour with rap artist Action Bronson in F*uck That’s Delicious; and a globe-trotting illustration of the relationship between sport and society in Vice World of Sports.

The channel will also deliver an international news alternative in the nightly Vice News Tonight while The Feed will also feature on SBS Viceland as will SBS PopAsia and Chinese dating program If You Are The One and all of Australia’s 2016-17 A-League season.

SBS has been slammed for the deal with the US-based Vice, with former ABC chairman, Maurice Newman, telling The Australian the deal showed SBS had “run out reasons to exist” and meant the broadcaster was no longer being “true to their charter”.

SBS2’s The Feed host Mark Fennell fired back at the criticism, arguing that thanks to the presence of his daily show in the line-up, SBS Viceland will still have “more first-run, live, original prime time Australian content per week than ABC2 has ever had per week”.

SBS director of television and online content, Marshall Heald, said: “SBS’s second digital channel has been the home of programs from around the world exploring youth and emerging cultures since SBS 2 re-launched in 2013. Now SBS Viceland takes this to a new level with a truly cutting-edge, contemporary mix of local and international programs made by young people, for young people, tackling the issues that matter to them today.

“Combining the much-loved shows of SBS 2 with the best of Viceland’s unique global programming never before seen in Australia, SBS Viceland will celebrate diversity in different ways, exposing people to new cultures and ideas, and helping young people understand the world in which we all exist. This is SBS unashamedly delivering on our purpose to provide multicultural and multilingual programs that inspire, inform and entertain, in a way that strongly connects to young Australians.”

Vice Australia managing director, Michael Slonim, said: “For young Australians wanting to expand their world view and feed their curiosity about life, we hope SBS Viceland becomes an important cultural touchstone. The channel will be a place they can turn to for unique perspectives about so many of the things that they care about.”

The channel switchover will take place at 4:00pm on November 15.


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