San Diego Reporter Leaving TV for Drones

By Kevin Eck 

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Gary Buzel is leaving San Diego CW affiliate XETV to take a job in the unmanned aircraft industry at a company called Avisight.

Buzel joined the station in 2012. While there, he set up the market’s first drone program called Drone6.

“I will be Avisight’s VP of Training running this operation,” Buzel told TVSpy. “Already, Avisight has signed contracts with several TV stations for us to come out to their station and train their camera people and some reporters to fly drones for TV news.”

He described Avisight as “a turnkey solution that provides video, training, and service for broadcast clients that want aerial video from drones.”

“We’re sorry to be losing him as his law enforcement background and MMJ skills were a real asset even before he helped us launch San Diego’s first news drone, Drone 6,” XETV news director Jon Brady told TVSpy.

His last day is Sept. 11.

“He will continue to support the Drone 6 program in his new role,” said Brady. “Training our next generation of FAA licensed drone operators and keeping us on the forefront of this emerging newsgathering technology.”