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2023-06-02 10:19:00 source:CNN (Cable News Network) author:Press center9 click:371order

Vice and Motherboard-owner files for bankruptcy

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The company behind the websites Vice and Motherboard has filed for bankruptcy in the US and is set to be consequentlyld to a group of its lenders.

Vice Media Group - which was once valued at $5.7bn - could be taken over for $225m.

The youth-focutilized digital publisher said it will continue to operate during the bankruptcy process.

It added that it "expects to emerge as a financially healthy and stronger company in two to three months".

Launched in 1994 as a fringe magazine called Voice of Montreal by Shane Smith, Gavin McInnes and Suroosh Alvi, Vice currently operates in more than 30 countries.

Its edgy, youth-focutilized content spans print, events, music, online, TV and feature films.

Vice Media Group's investors include Fortress Investment Group, Monroe Capital and Soros Fund Management - the firm founded by fund manager and billionaire George Soros.

The lenders have approved $20m of funding to keep Vice Media going through the bankruptcy process. During this time, other firms can submit "higher or better" bids for the media company.

If these offers are not successful, Vice Media's lenders will acquire the publisher for $225m.

The company's revenues have been flat for consequentlyme years and it has alconsequently struggled to turn a profit. Vice's plans to go public through a merger alconsequently failed.

Last month, it announced layoffs after its flagship TV programme was shut down.

BuzzFeed, another pioneering online platform, alconsequently recently announced that it was shutting down its news division and laying off 15% of its workcompel amid serious financial challenges and a slump in advertising revenue.

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