CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting

I really should have added Air to our name at sUAS News. It seems to be the thing to do when launching anything to do with RPA these days.

CNN has launched a drone service, the BBC has had an entire drone section for years. I think that rather proves that CNN is not the global news leader in the development of RPA technology for news gathering. You may have seen old Top Gear (the one with Clarkson) fooling with drones and actually using them for sections of their programs.

The Burma and Africa specials made extensive use of unmanned aircraft.

In 2012 there was a naming competition for one of the BBC RPA on a popular children’s program, Blue Peter. This was a real RPA, a fixed wing one ;-)

America never seems to have an issue with letting the truth get in the way of a story.

The CNN has two UAS crews to cover the world!

I wonder if all the manned helicopter news crews find themselves a little put out.

As the news industry leader in the development of technology used in newsgathering, CNN announces today the launch of CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR). For the first time in the company’s history, CNN will have a designated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) unit with two full-time UAS operators to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities.

“CNN’s cutting-edge development of technology to enhance the way we tell stories is a part of our DNA,” said Terence Burke, Senior Vice President of National News. “We are proud to continue the tradition with CNN AIR, and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for newsgathering.”

CNN has been a leader in integrating this new technology into its operations, forming the first media-related research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and entering into a direct research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  In 2015, CNN was selected by the FAA as one of the first three industry “Pathfinders” to develop safe uses of UAS in newsgathering.  CNN has shared data and research that has helped formulate a framework for various types of UAS to be safely integrated into the national air space and continues to work to expand the safe and legal operation of UAS in newsgathering.

CNN has utilized UAS to provide understanding and context, enhanced storytelling and production value, led by Greg Agvent, Senior Director of National Newsgathering Technology. CNN’s deployment of UAS have demonstrated the breadth of the flooding in Louisiana and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. They have also been utilized at the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions, CNN presidential primary debates and town halls, and to enhance storytelling across CNN’s platforms, including the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and Anderson Cooper’s coverage of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Oh look that same BBC Childrens program have featured FPV already.


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