KRCG 13 Launches “Eye in the Sky” Drone Program

KRCG 13 joins dozens of stations in Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. to launch a drone program. (KRCG 13)

KRCG 13 is excited to announce the launch of aerial news-gathering with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

These unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are becoming an important part of news gathering. A drone can fly places where helicopters and planes cannot, providing a unique perspective. With this new technology and new spin on news also comes new responsibility, a commitment to good stewardship and bringing the best quality product to our viewers.

KRCG 13 has two FAA regulated and licensed drone pilots who spent three full days at the Virginia Tech campus, learning the ins and outs of safely operating a drone. Chief Photographer Riccardo Montgomery and Multimedia Journalist Garrett Bergquist have worked hard to obtain their FAA certification in order to make our drone program successful.

“We are extremely excited to use our “Eye in the Sky” to enhance our news coverage,” said KRCG 13 General Manager Beth Worsham. “This technology gives our viewers another perspective on breaking news, traffic, weather and community.”

Matt Johnson, KRCG 13 News Director stated, “The launch of our drone operations adds another layer to our commitment to provide our viewers with point of difference content on all platforms. We pledge to work closely with our community to ensure transparency in all aspects of safety in our operations while maintaining the strict journalistic standards we hold dear.”

KRCG 13 joins dozens of stations in Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. to launch a drone program. Sinclair Broadcasting enforces additional safety measures and precautions on their drone programs to take safety to the next level.

KRCG 13 is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Including pending transactions, the Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 173 television stations in 81 markets, broadcasting 514 channels and having affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of live sports content. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms.

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