TV news gatherers might look to get to a higher level. We are talking drones. But don't call it spying.
One Missouri radio station has gotten a grant to acquire a drone. That's right -- the pilot-less, computer-controlled flight machine that can cause havoc, mayhem, and death in certain parts of the world. But not media death, we guess.
NPR affiliate KBIA's content director Scott Pham told Politico, "A lot of people are predicting that drone technology is going to be really big when commercial and security applications are available. But why can’t citizens and journalists also use this technology to tell stories and discover more about the world around us?"
Privacy issues? We don't know yet. But we hope this station does the right thinking. It says it will.
Pham added, "Because current regulations require drones to stay below 400 feet and away from populated areas, our area of focus will be on rural and environmental stories. We plan to fly only on public lands or in areas where we have explicit permission from the landowners."
On the other hand, another report mused that TV’s celebrity-news-minded “TMS” has considered getting a drone, but that was quickly denied by the syndicated show.
If other news companies buy drones, they would likely save on the cost of helicopters that follow traffic, car chases, fires and criminal activity. It seems drones are just another new technology, but as with any technology, they can be used in many ways and not always how they were intended.
With the ascension of Jeff Zucker to president of CNN Worldwide, some news programming critics believe the veteran network should double-down on efforts to be more of a traditional news channel -- to break more news and not try to outdo the heavily opinionated Fox News and MSNBC.
Will CNN start using the newer technology? Maybe this is what TV Everywhere really means.