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KCNC In On Denver Chopper Share

Fourteen months after Denver
rivals KMGHand KUSA entered into a helicopter share, CBS O&O KCNC will be in on
the mile-high pact as well. April 1 marks the day the trio commences sharing a
helicopter.

KMGH is owned by McGraw-Hill and KUSA is owned by Gannett.
The two began sharing the aircraft last February.

KCNC's entry into the agreement was previously reported
in the Denver Post
. KCNC will be
"taking the video feed, not participating in operational decisions,"
KMGH news director Jeff Harris told the Post.

All three will maintain their
editorial independence.

Helicopter shares are increasingly
popular among rival stations, due to the high costs involved with deploying
them. In Phoenix,
for example, the Meredith, Belo and Gannett stations share helicopter footage.

In October, the KUSA-KMGH chopper
chased after the balloon thought to be carrying young FalconHeene high above the Denver
market.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.