SBS Viceland reveals programming slate

Free-to-air channel SBS Viceland, the Australian version of Viceland which is set to replace Australian channel SBS 2, has unveiled its programming slate ahead of its Nov. 15 launch. The new ...
October 20, 2016

Free-to-air channel SBS Viceland, the Australian version of Viceland which is set to replace Australian channel SBS 2, has unveiled its programming slate ahead of its Nov. 15 launch.

The new channel will feature the best of SBS 2′s local and international shows plus exclusive, original and award-nominated programming from Viceland cherry-picked and curated by SBS. The channel’s programming roster will cover cultural issues, race, identity, gender, music, technology, fashion, food, travel, sports and more as it delivers distinctive news, current affairs, documentaries, entertainment and movies from Australia and all over the world to young Australians.

The channel is a product of a content deal between global youth media brand Vice and SBS Australia focused on TV and online platforms.

New SBS Viceland programs premiering will explore contemporary global cultures including: Michael K Williams’ examination of the world’s underworld economies in Black Market; Ellen Page and Ian Daniel’s Emmy-nominated exploration of LGBTQI cultures around the globe in Gaycation (pictured); Hailey Gates’ investigation into global fashion cultures and issues the industry often ignores in States of Undress; Krishna Andavolu’s in-depth look into the ethics of marijuana use and legislation in Weediquette; an international culinary tour with rap artists Action Bronson in F*ck That’s Delicious; and a globe-trotting illustration of the relationship between sport and society in Vice World of Sports.

SBS Viceland will also offer a nightly international news alternative in Vice News Tonight; explore the challenges facing First Nations cultures in Cut-Off; investigate the world of cyber warfare in Cyberwar; immerse Australians in the lives of diverse cultures in Thomas Morton’s Balls Deep; and provide a first-hand look into the global music scene with Noisey.

Also included will be popular SBS 2 programming including the award-winning, Australian-made, nightly news, pop culture and technology program The Feed, which serves up in-depth and fresh perspectives on issues impacting young Australians. SBS PopAsia will also be in the mix. The show introduced the Asian pop phenomenon to wider Australian audiences on SBS in 2011.

Other programming on the slate includes Chinese dating program You Are the One, Australia’s weekly football matches with the 2016-17 A-League season, multiple daily in-language international news services, South ParkFull Frontal with Samantha Bee, comedy series Brooklyn Nine Nine, and a variety of cult, arthouse and LOTE films.

In the coming months, SBS Viceland will also bow: Emmy-nominated series Woman, which features feminist icon Gloria Steinem; New York Time bestseller Eddie Huang’s culinary adventures in Huang’s World; an exploration of global tattoo culture in Needles & Pins; and Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi’s travels around the world to investigate the origins and impact of the world’d deadliest terrorist organizations in Terror.

SBS Viceland is set to replace SBS 2 on TV and online platforms on Nov. 15.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.