CNN hopes to soar once more with the introduction of news gathering drones
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With CNN suffering following what’s been deemed the network’s least-watched year since 1996, it’s only natural that the cable network would want to grab any new trick that could give it a ratings edge. No surprises then that the news organization has announced its latest passion: aerial drones.
The Time Warner-owned company has joined the small but slowly expanding group of media and entertainment companies given a green light by the US government to start testing unmanned aerial vehicles in its news-gathering and other productions.
It becomes the first major US television enterprise to clear tough hurdles imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration and gain permission to begin using so-called UAVs on a regular basis. Under an FAA deal known as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, CNN will be allowed to begin experimenting with the camera-bearing devices while providing feedback to the federal agency that will help the Obama administration plan how to integrate drones into civilian airspace.
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