Vice News has had a rough 2018. After a year of shoddy click-bait reporting for animated television like Rick and Morty in 2017, the news organization that has investors from both Disney and New FOX has suffered from being on the wrong end of sexual assault allegations, layoffs, and now a shuttered Canadian TV network.
Ironically enough, Vice Media was originally founded by Canadians Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith, but that apparently didn’t matter to Rogers communications who shuttered the Canadian television home of such animated original fare as Party Legends along with a slew of Japanese and American acquisitions like Kill La Kill, Archer, and Son of Zorn. Apparently, Viceland has not been a strong ratings grabber and was too costly to justify its existence.
Rogers Media plans to say goodbye to Vice, despite a $100 million investment, on March 31st, 2018. Apparently, THR is reporting that Vice is talking to other Canadien cable and broadcast players to keep the channel on, but as of today, nothing concrete has been awarded.