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Posted - 1/21/2013 4:41:33 AM | show profile | flag this post
Heard that KGTV is grounding its chopper on February 1st. Anyone have any insight as to why KGTV is parking its helo? What are they going to do in regards to helicopter footage? and what happens to KNSD who gets its feed from KGTV/Sky 10?
Posted - 1/22/2013 5:33:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
I found this facebook post from "Officer Phil".
Sad News! January 31, 2013 will be my last day with KGTV - Ch.10. See below for details.
So, now I am looking for a new job. If you know of anything in news, traffic, radio, TV, PR (I did 15 years of that for the CHP), or anywhere that could use me, let me know.
The company which operates "Chopper 8" made Ch.10 a deal which will save them LOTS ($500,000) of money. Sky10 will only fly until the end of this month. I have no hard feelings about this. I understand how expensive helicopters are ($1,000 an hour). My job as reporter/photographer was always based on the availability of the helicopter. I have had a great working relationship with the people at Ch.10. This kind of thing happens all the time. In fact, that was one of the reasons I got into the CHP. Job security in broadcasting in almost non-existent. My broadcasting career started in Houston in 1973 (Wow 40 years ago!). I have done interview programs, talk shows, a little DJ work, cable TV, etc. The one thing I learned is that these jobs seldom last very long.
Posted - 1/28/2013 1:10:05 PM | show profile | flag this post
KPTV and KOIN in Portland, OR tried that about ten years ago. I think they gave up on it when KOIN was sold.
Posted - 1/30/2013 2:57:08 PM | show profile | flag this post
Chopper 8 was also supplying video to KUSI; don't know if that's still the case or if it will be a case of musical chairs... or musical choppers.
Posted - 1/30/2013 7:53:35 PM | show profile | flag this post
Yes, KFMB still supplies the chopper footage to KUSI, XETV and FOX 5 I believe. KGTV provided for KNSD. I know choppers cost a lot of money to run, but its unfortunate that several people will lose their jobs. Especially Phil, who has done a really good job reporting from the air and provided some really good analysis during breaking news.