Free monthly Vice has released a compilation of its best articles from the past 12 years, entitled The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, as it prepares to launch itself in a TV format, writes Henry Andreae.
Vice's New York office is setting up a television production unit that its UK editor Andy Capper said will eventually move into Europe. Vice TV has just finished its first filmed production, entitled The Vice Guide To Travel DVD.
Capper said: "We have 30 to 40 shows in production. Expect the magazine content, but in moving form and with a bigger budget."
Capper, who claims a 100 per cent pick-up rate of Vice's 80,000 monthly circulation, said the book was for readers who had "missed out" due to high demand for the magazine, and that it served as a calling card to people who haven't seen the title before Vice has recently made its US edition free to download on the internet, and Capper claims that its online audience has increased by 50 per cent over the past nine months.
He added: "There's an honesty in the editorial tone that you just don't get in other things. There's also a lack of celebrity coverage — people want an alternative from that kind of stuff, and some actual hard journalism."