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Sharing Among News Stations Still Going Strong

When KSAZ, the FOX affiliate in Phoenix, signed up for a helicopter sharing agreement with cross-town ABC affiliate KNXV this week, it was just one recent example of TV stations still pursuing opportunities to pool resources.  While the practice of sharing helicopters and video crews among stations may have started as a cost cutting measure years ago, networks like FOX see it as just another tool to give viewers what they want and station owners what they need, according to a report by TVNewsCheck.

Fox and other proponents of the arrangements argue that in making newsgathering more efficient, they are freeing up reporters to concentrate on enterprise stories while curbing big costs, especially those associated with operating helicopters.

Both FOX and NBC are credited with starting the practice of sharing.  While NBC has begun paring back its use of pooled resources, FOX’s interest remains strong, agreeing to the practice in 12 of the 16 markets where its stations produce news.

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Police Credit WSOC’s Chopper 9 for Arrest

Chopper 9, the News Helicopter for ABC affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina, is being credited by police for helping to catch a motorcyclist who got away from them during an early morning high-speed chase.

The first video shows the WSOC news helicopter continuing to track the suspect, who reached a speed of 100 miles an hour, after police broke off the chase for safety reasons.

The Highway Patrol used information from WSOC’s broadcast to locate the suspect who had parked under a grove of trees at a construction site. After the jump, his arrest.

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