According to insiders, this acquisition deal would eliminate all stockholders, including TPG, Sixth Street Partners, and James Murdoch. The plan also entails wiping out the debts held by TPG and Sixth Street The Wall Street Journal reports.
Fortress Investment Group, the company's largest debtholder, is expected to take over management control. The hedge fund is said to have a role for Vice co-founder Shane Smith, who will most likely play a part in the company's future direction.
Reports from earlier this week indicated that Vice was reportedly planning to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks.
This move follows the recent closure of Vice World News, a global reporting initiative, which many saw as a departure from the company's roots in gonzo journalism.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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