At one point during Shane Smith’s video tour of the brand new VICE News headquarters, the overhead lights go out as an electrician works on completing some finishing touches. However, everything else is already cranked to full wattage.
Smith reels off a list of the bureaus that have opened or are in the process of being added, including one in Kabul. He also highlights a wall-display designed to track VICE News crews. By his count, “about 50” were roaming the globe at the time of taping.
Smith gets quick updates from producers Fazeelat Aslam and Simon Ostrovsky about shoots in Iran and Syria. He concludes with a promise that VICE News weekly shows will cover topics such as the environment, youth movements, national security and global economics.