Television news chopper wars?
NBC10 - whose local news broadcasts rank second at 6 p.m. and third at 11 - has added a helicopter to its news-gathering organization after breaking off a chopper-sharing relationship with CBS3 and Fox29.
A TV chopper, sources say, can cost a station from $500,000 to $1.5 million a year.
NBC10 says it's flying the chopper daily in the morning and afternoon, and the addition of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger is part of Comcast Corp.'s investment in NBC-owned television stations around the country. Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in January 2011.
Years ago, NBC10 had its own chopper, then it entered into the sharing agreement to cut costs. CBS and Fox still share a helicopter. 6ABC has its own. Those two choppers are based out of Northeast Philadelphia Airport. NBC10's helicopter is based at Penn's Landing.