NBC’s Salt Lake Affiliate To Carry ‘Saturday Night Live’ For First Time In Fall

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 8:16am PDT

NBC’s Utah affiliate KSL-TV has decided that it will air Saturday Night Live, starting this fall. The station, owned by the Mormon church made the announcement on its Facebook page:

Programming Note: Starting this fall, KSL is pleased to welcome Saturday Night Live to its weekly line-up, on Saturday nights at 10:30. More changes and updates to the fall line-up are coming soon – stay with us and we’ll keep you posted!

KSL has not aired SNL since becoming an NBC affiliate in 1995. The station said it was because its own local sports talker, SportsBeat Saturday, had the slot. KSL actually offered to air the show in another time slot — it was NBC that decided instead to move SNL to a different station in the market, reminds The Salt Lake Tribune. With the sport show’s ratings on the wane, KSL decided to welcome SNL to its lineup, in its regular time slot, which is 10:30 PM in that time zone.

KSL is more famous among The Reporters Who Cover Television for its annual announcement about which new NBC series it will not air, owing to content concerns. Most recently, the station ixnayed The New Normal, the comedy about a gay couple having a baby via a surrogate. The station CEO said that one felt “inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.” The station also scrubbed Hannibal, citing its extreme violence — but after airing a handful of episodes. Read More »

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Salt Lake NBC Affiliate Drops ‘Hannibal’

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 2:50pm PDT

It’s the latest jettisoning by KSL-TV, Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The station said last night that it will stop airing freshman drama Hannibal due to … Read More »

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Ellen Barkin Says Utah NBC Affilate Dropping of ‘The New Normal’ Is “Censorship”

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT

Ellen Barkin came out swinging again against the NBC Utah affiliate that decided not to show The New Normal. “Yes, it’s an affiliate’s right to ban something but I think it is censorship,” the actress told Deadline today … Read More »

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Utah NBC Affiliate Won’t Air New Gay Couple Comedy ‘The New Normal’

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 11:54pm PDT
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UPDATE: GLAAD released a statement today about the Salt Lake City affiliate KSL-TV’s decision not to air The New Normal, and GLAAD president Herndon Graddick invited KSL CEO Jeff Simpson to meet with the group. In addition, the show’s star, … Read More »

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