Bird’s eye view: CNN Air launched

August 21, 2016 12:25 pm

CNN World Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Image: Alamy)

International news network CNN announced the launch of CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting or CNN Air.

For the first time in its history, CNN will now have an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) unit, comprising two full-time operators to integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, according to a statement released by the organisation.

“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 at CNN.

“We are proud to continue the tradition with CNN AIR and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for newsgathering,” Burke added.

CNN, whose portfolio has roughly two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet, has integrated this technology in its news gathering and reporting previously, as it formed the first media-related research partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and entered into a direct research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States.

“CNN has utilised UAS to provide understanding and context, enhanced storytelling and production value, led by Greg Agvent, senior director of National Newsgathering Technology,” read a statement marking the announcement.

The new technology has already been used in covering the floods in the US state of Louisiana, the water crisis in the American city of Flint and the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions, among other coverage.

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