CNN Aug. 18 announced it would launch a dedicated unmanned aerial systems (UAS) unit — or drones — that will add aerial shots and reporting for all of CNN’s networks and platforms, including Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting.
The CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR) unit will feature two dedicated, full-time UAS operators. In March 2015 CNN was the first company to use a Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone for newsgathering.
“CNN’s cutting-edge development of technology to enhance the way we tell stories is a part of our DNA,” said Terence Burke, senior VP of national news. “We are proud to continue the tradition with CNN AIR, and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for newsgathering.”