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CNN hopes to soar once more with the introduction of news gathering drones


CNN hopes to soar once more with the introduction of news gathering drones World news The Guardian

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ja...

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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Next up: The CNN Extreme Channel, featuring nothing but Bros wearing GoPros.

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