Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN, FAA Team Up on Drone Use | Colbert Returns in September

FAA gives CNN the green light on drones. Stephen Colbert's Late Show premiere date set. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Drones for Journalism: FAA Gives CNN Green Light (CNN)
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. TVNewser The arrangement integrates CNN’s ongoing research partnership with Georgia Tech. The FAA will use data from the initiative for safe implementation of UAVs as newsgathering tools. FishbowlDC “Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN senior vice president David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the U.S. airspace.” Mashable The FAA currently prohibits the use of drones in news coverage. Journalists and media companies argue, however, that doing so restricts their First Amendment rights. Gizmodo But while CNN’s own active efforts to bring drones into the newsroom started June 2014, experimentation with drone journalism is almost as old as the hobby itself. News agencies like the Associated Press have used drones to cover huge disaster stories, and journalism schools, such as the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, integrated drones into their classes. Clearly an interest exists, but the FAA’s tortoise-speed approach to UAV rule-making has left many either clamoring for permission or just doing it without any.

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Gets September Premiere Date (THR / The Live Feed)
Stephen Colbert has his start date. The Late Show will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semiannual press tour. Capital New York Colbert will replace David Letterman, who will host his last Late Show on May 20, 2015. Over the summer, CBS will build out a new set and production offices at the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert, according to the release. Mashable Over the summer, the network is planning to air encores of its primetime shows in late night, according to Tassler. As for tributes to Letterman, she said the network is still “in conversations with Letterman about special programming leading up to his finale.” Adweek Tassler added that because his production office is just getting started — with his The Colbert Report team following him from Comedy Central to CBS — much of the Late Show format remains up in the air. Colbert will have music and guests on the show, but “whether or not he’s going to start with an opening monologue, he’s working on that right now,” said Tassler.

The Golden Globes on Facebook: 8M People Had Over 17M Interactions (Mashable)
The most-discussed moment on Facebook and Twitter about the 72nd Golden Globes was when surprise guest Prince revealed that John Legend and Common’s Glory from the civil rights movement film Selma won Best Original Song. AllFacebook Sunday night’s Golden Globes generated 17 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 8 million Facebook users during the event, up from 7.2 million interactions and 4.1 million users last year. LostRemote The Globes drove 2.6 million tweets between 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET — a 24 percent increase compared to last year. PRNewser The Internet is littered with story after story recapping all the goings-on at the Globes. From the red carpet to the always-great standup from our imaginary friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, it’s all been sliced and diced with varying opinions conveyed. Varying except for one thing: Everyone loved George Clooney’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Variety In the overnights, the show earned a 12.6 household rating/19 share — down 11 percent from last year’s 14.1 and about on par with 2013. Still, the 12.6 is higher than every year from 2008 through 2012, the five-year span prior to the first year Fey and Poehler served as co-hosts.