TVSPY reports: Sinclair Broadcast Group has launched what it’s calling drone teams in six of its 81 TV markets. WJLA in Washington, D.C., WBFF in Baltimore, Md., WLUK in Green Bay, Wisc., WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, KATV in Little Rock, Ark. and KTUL in Tulsa, Okla. are already using drones. The station group says it will have 80 trained and FAA-certified drone pilots in 40 markets by the end of 2017. KOMO Seattle just “retired” traffic pilot Paul Tosch after 25 years of service. PUGETSOUND.MEDIA has learned that KOMO has received negative public response to the change in traffic reporting. Drones may have something to do with the way traffic will be reported in the near future…KING 5 has a new evening news anchor. He is David Espinosa-Hall. He hails from Orlando’s WKMG. Espinosa-Hall starts at KING this week…The FCC has released some information on how TV stations in the USA will be repacked – or, reassigned new channels, after an auctioning of some of the broadcast frequency spectrum. Hundreds of stations are giving up part of the broadcast spectrum to make more room for wireless broadband, trunking or point to point microwave services. This means that hundreds of stations will need to be reassigned new channels. Stations will have to modify their existing facilities, antennas, transmission lines, to transmit on a different frequency. Then they must test their equipment. Unless a station’s new channel is “available” (i.e., free from interference caused by other stations), it will need to coordinate carefully with one or more other stations to prevent the testing from causing interference.
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