NYC’s WPIX, WCBS End Chopper-Sharing Agreement

By Merrill Knox Comment

WPIX and WCBS are no longer sharing aerial coverage in New York City, the New York Daily News reports.

WPIX, the CW-affiliate, and WCBS, the CBS O&O, teamed up in 2009 to share a helicopter as a way to cut expenses. WPIX has ended the deal and leased its own chopper.

The costs associated with leasing a helicopter can run a station about $1 million annually, according to the Daily News. New York’s WNBC, the NBC O&O, and WNYW, the Fox O&O, also recently ended a helicopter-sharing deal that was enacted in 2009.