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Darrell Brown Named President of KSL Broadcast Group

Darrell Brown has been named president of KSL Broadcast Group, which includes Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL and three area radio stations.

Brown was most recently the president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, a position he has held since 2008. He has worked for McGraw Hill in a variety of roles, including as VP-GM of Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, for 28 years.

“I am proud to be part of such a strong team, and look forward to upholding the great legacy that is KSL,” Brown said in a statement.

KSL is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by Deseret Management Corporation, the for-profit arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brown is a graduate of Brigham Young University, which is also owned and operated by the Mormon church.

“I am pleased to welcome Darrell to KSL,” Keith McMullin, president and CEO of KSL parent company Deseret Management Corporation, said in a statement. “He embodies the mission of our organization and brings strong leadership and broadcast experience.”

Read the official announcement here.

Aereo Expands Streaming TV Service to Utah

Streaming television service Aereo has announced plans to launch in Utah next month. Beginning August 19, more than 2.8 million people in the state will have access to the technology.

“We’re excited to be launching our technology in Utah, or what is fast becoming known as the Silicon Slopes,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.  “Utahns are connected, tech-savvy and interested in innovations that can add value to their lives … We believe consumers want and deserve a better television experience and our work is focused on delivering the best customer experience with the highest quality technology.”

The expansion follows Aereo’s recent launches in Boston and Atlanta. Aereo plans to launch in Chicago in September.

KSL to Start Airing ‘SNL’ in the Fall

Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL will begin airing “Saturday Night Live.”

The station announced the move on its facebook page saying, “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!”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, there’s always been a misunderstanding about why the station never aired the late night sketch comedy show.

When KSL became an NBC affiliate in 1995, the station didn’t want to lose its very successful late-night local sports shows. It offered to air “SNL” on Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. – an offer NBC rejected.

“It was a business decision,” Tami Ostmark, KSL’s vice president of marketing, research and promotion, told The Tribune. “That’s still the case today.” The Tribune said “Sports Beat Saturday” is no longer the ratings powerhouse it once was, which may have prompted the move. Read more

KTVX Changes 4:00 PM Anchor Team

Nexstar owned KTVX has announced an anchor team change on its 4:00pm news. In will be Nadia Crow (pictured left) and Brian Carlson (pictured right), out will be Kim Fischer and Brent Hunsaker.

Crow comes to the Salt Lake City ABC affiliate from KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she had been an anchor and reporter for three years.

“From the moment we saw them together, we knew we had a great team in the making,” said KTVX-KUCW news director George Severson. “Brian and Nadia compliment one another really well. They’re capable newscasters with heart and charm. I know viewers will trust them and welcome the pair into their homes each afternoon.”

Crow will also anchor for sister station CW affiliate KUCW‘s 9:00pm newscast. Currently, Carlson is an evening reporter for KTVX and a 9:00pm anchor for KUCW.

The station said Fischer and Hunsaker will “will focus on ABC 4 Utah News at 5, 6 and 10 P.M. as well as being contributors to the 4 P.M. and other newscasts.” Crow and Carlson will begin anchoring at 4:00pm this Thursday, June 27.

Broken Sprinkler Floods KTVX Studio

Newscasts at Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX were temporarily moved this week after a broken sprinkler flooded the studio (video above).

“It was only one sprinkler near the front of our news studio — we had water damage to some of our news set and electrical gear,” KTVX news director George Severson told 24 Salt Lake.

The studio was repaired in time for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

After KSL Drops ‘Hannibal’ One Competitor Laughs While Another Looks to Profit

After Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL passed on airing the NBC series “Hannibal,” saying it was too graphic, one local competitor stands to profit from that decision while another is poking fun at the Mormon owned station.

When KSL announced it wasn’t going to air “Hannibal,” CW affiliate KUCW stepped in and added the show to its programming just as it did last Fall with NBC’s “The New Normal” and “Saturday Night Live” years ago.

TVSpy asked KUCW general manager Richard Doutre’Jones about the move. “Our relationship is with NBC,” said Doutre’Jones, who is also general manager of ABC affiliate KTVX. “I believe we have a real benefit airing the NBC programming not cleared by KSL on Utah’s CW30…it raises the profile and viewer awareness for the station and they also provide additional revenue opportunities.” Read more

KSL Stops Airing NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Because It’s Too Graphic

KSL, the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate, has announced on its facebook page and its website it will no longer air episodes of the network series “Hannibal.”

PROGRAMMING NOTE: After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show “Hannibal” on Thursday evenings.
This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 p.m.
NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.

“Hannibal” is a TV show about serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a literary character created by author Thomas Harris and initially made famous by the movie “The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Read more

KTVX-KUCW News Set Getting an Upgrade

Nexstar’s Salt Lake City duopoly, KTVX-KUCW, is getting a new look on Monday. The redesign is timed to coincide with KTVX’s 65th anniversary, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The news set is getting a huge makeover. Viewers will quickly notice the new color scheme — pale green, purple-gray and orange-red. The set for “Good Things Utah” also is getting a completely new look, as well as a new focus.

“We’re going to embrace our legacy,” said Richard Doutre Jones, vice president and general manager of KTVX and sister station KUCW-Channel 30, in January. “Do you live in Utah? Then we care about you.”

KUTV Graphic Frames Utah Governor and Attorney General as Gay Couple

The layout of a graphic used on Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate KUTV appeared to make Utah Governor Gary Herbert (pictured in graphic on the right) and Attorney General John Swallow (on the left) a gay couple.

The graphic was used for a story about three gay couples who filed a federal lawsuit claiming Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Governor Herbert and Attorney General Swallow are both named in the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General told Jim Romenesko, “I don’t think anyone in Utah will mistake the Governor and the Attorney General as one of the ‘gay couples’ filing the lawsuit.” Read more

Why is KSL Losing Viewers in Salt Lake City?

The end of the most recent sweeps period has revealed a disturbing trend for NBC affiliate KSL in the battle for Salt Lake City’s news viewers.

The Salt Lake Tribune has taken a look at why KSL, which was once a dominant number one, is quickly losing viewers to cross-town rival CBS affiliate KUTV.

Outside observers might think KSL, owned by Bonneville International, which is owned by Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would dominate in the city that is the geographic heart of the Mormon Church. Read more

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