Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sinclair is Taking News Gathering to the Sky

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group is looking for drone pilots.  TV Spy reports Sinclair is looking to increase its use of drones in its station group.  Sinclair is looking to hire 80 trained drone pilots for use in 40 of its markets.

“Our drone program is off to a great start, with safety being the top priority,” said Jeff Rose, chief pilot for Sinclair’s drone operations. “Our policy is to have two operators for each aircraft; one to fly the drone and one to focus solely on the photography. We also meet with local law enforcement as part of our training and before we begin operations. We think establishing coordination protocols at the outset with police, fire and other first responders is critical for the safety of our communities as we incorporate the use of this new technology.”

KATV/Channel 7 has been using drones for news coverage for some time now.  Including Little Rock, 5 other Sinclair stations already use the technology.

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