In response to complaints from Berkeley residents about noise from news helicopters, KTVU news director Ed Chapuis said his station’s aims not to fly below 1,000 feet, and much of the noise people are hearing could be from police helicopters, which fly lower. Chapuis, in a Q&A with the Berkeleyside.com news website, also said people may be noticing helicopters now because of the Occupy Oakland demonstrations. “We recognize that noise is an issue and we try to get in and
SF media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that KRON 4 no longer operates a traffic helicopter due to financial constraints. For the same reason, almost all of the station’s employees are being paid at an “at-will” scale, which means “no personal services” contracts that bump up one’s take-home pay. Even Gary Radnich, perhaps the station’s best known personality, is on the “at-will” scale, Lieberman indicates. At Channel 2, David Stephenson will replace Rob Roth as SF Bureau Chief. Rob has been
Helicopters are becoming a familiar sight and sound in Oakland with the protests over the shooting of Oscar Grant by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Angela Woodall of the reports that news stations are juggling the need to get helicopters close to the action with concerns about noise. Helicopters are an important newsgathering tool that helps keep people informed, especially during emergencies, said Channel 2 news director Ed Chapuis. “There’s a need for us to be there,” he said.
KGO-TV Channel 7 has upgraded its news helicopter so that it can transmit in high definition. While Channel 7 carries network programs in HD, it’s local programming is still broadcast in the traditional NTSC format. The copter was the first switch the station made to HD. KGO’s sister station, KABC Los Angeles, switched all of its studio cameras to HD in February. According to Broadcasting & Cable, nine stations nationally were airing local newscasts in HD as of March 6.
KNTV NBC11 has purchased a new helicopter with four cameras that should provide more stable and close-up pictures than previously possible. The Bell 206 L4 LongRanger is equipped with emergency floats allowing Chopper 11 to fly directly across the Bay when required. “Flying in dusk and dawn will be more common for Chopper 11 now with a high-tech aerial camera that has great resolution and provides a picture that remains crisp even in extremely low light,” NBC11 said in a