The plan fits in with a broader reorganization at Vice Media spearheaded by CEO Nancy Dubuc, the former A+E chief who became the first outsider to lead the edgy media giant when she took the reins from founder Shane Smith (now executive chairman) in March 2018. In a February memo to staff, Dubuc revealed plans to lay off 10 percent of the company's workforce (or around 250 people) in an effort to cut spending and centralize its many outlets into five growth areas: studios, news, digital, television and in-house ad agency Virtue. As part of the new strategy, Vice will consolidate more than a dozen digital brands to provide a more unified offering to users.
The latest update comes on the heels of Viceland's recent decision to cut the cord on Vice Live, the weeknight live show that debuted on Feb. 25, due to low ratings.
Noisey's archive will remain intact and no additional layoffs are expected, although several Noisey staffers have made their exit in recent months. Among them, former Noisey editor-in-chief Eric Sundermann was appointed head of content at The Fader last December, while editor Dan Ozzi left Noisey to pursue personal projects earlier this month. Metal editor Kim Kelly and West Coast editor Andrea Domanick were both laid off in the round in February.
Now a little over a year into her leadership, Dubuc is tasked with bringing both order and profitability to the Brooklyn-based Vice Media, which must live up to expectations including more than $1 billion in investments from the likes of Fox, TPG and Disney (Disney took a $157 million write-down on its investment in November).
Added as a Vice channel in 2011, Noisey has distinguished itself with a witty, opinionated voice and penchant for first-person essays, reporting on everything from the #MeToo movement in the music industry to Coachella's branded party culture. Vice launched Broadly as its first women-centric site in 2015, adding both Tonic and Waypoint the following year.
A representative for Vice Media declined to comment.
This story has been updated.