The WTVJ boss people have decided it’s time to cough up some money and get the station helicopter video. WTVJ has joined the news helicopter sharing agreement WFOR and WPLG have had since 1/1/2010 to share Sky 10. So now, Sky 20 as it is affectionately called (get it? 4+6+10), will pipe video to WTVJ, WSCV, WFOR and WPLG , each of which will refer to it as their own helicopter on the air. No details on whether WTVJ crews have any say as far as where the chopper goes or what gets covered.
Not sure what prompted this. Is it because WTVJ revenues are improving? Or perhaps because the rash of recent car chases in the area left WTVJ with no video, prompting MSNBC to ask WSVN for permission to use their Skyforce feed?
Speaking of WSVN, they are now the only news shop in town to have their own news helicopter full-time! However, if BIA Advertising’s estimates which put the station’s earnings some $20 million dollars ahead of second place WPLG, 7 can probably afford it and have enough to spare.