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Chris Moore Promoted to News Director at KSL

KSL LOGO_304x200Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL has named Chris Moore news director.

KSL station manager Tanya Vea confirmed with TVSpy Moore was promoted Friday. He fills Vea’s former position. Vea was promoted from EVP of news to VP and station manager in April.

Moore was the senior executive producer at KSL. He has worked at the station since 2004. He has also worked at KWSD-KNBN in Sioux Falls, SD, and KRNV in Reno, NV.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Salt Lake City market.

The four affiliated stations are all owned by different companies: Bonneville (KSL), Sinclair (KUTV), Tribune (KSTU) and Nexstar (KTVX). Their newscasts all feature a similar flow with the long stories punctuated by the short.

The only station that stood out was KTVX which spent nearly a minute of its first block promoting a story for its 10:00 p.m. show. But then again, it is sweeps!

Salt Lake City Paper Criticizes KSL for Coverage of High School Bomb Threat

KSL LOGO_304x200Scott Pierce, media writer for The Salt Lake Tribune, has called out NBC affiliate KSL for its coverage of a bomb threat at a local high school Thursday morning.

KSL was the only station to break into regular programming to cover the threat which, The Tribune said, turned out to be a prank. Pierce said the other stations “chose not to sensationalize the threat.”

1. If you break into regular programming to report a bomb threat, you are fanning the flames of hysteria.

If you tuned in to KSL’s coverage on Thursday, you might have thought it was another Columbine or Newtown — simply because it was a live report.

2. If you make a prank into a major news story, you’re encouraging copycats.

The Radio Television Digital News Association recommends caution in reporting bomb threats for reasons including creating copycats, “raising the public’s level of insecurity even when it is not warranted,” and causing the public to become “less responsive when actual danger arises.” Read more

KSL News Director Named Station Manager

ksl_304Tanya Vea, EVP of news for Salt Lake City NBC station KSL, has been bumped up to VP and station manager.

A station spokesperson confirmed the move with TVSpy.

Vea was named EVP of news and cross-platform development at KSL in 2011. She joined KSL in 2010 as head of program development for Deseret Management, which is owned by the Mormon Church.

She has also worked as news director for Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV.

‘Hannibal’ Producer Compares Salt Lake City Station to Soviet Newspaper

KSL LOGO_304x200Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the NBC show Hannibal, told the Salt Lake Tribune the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate’s decision not to run his show doesn’t hurt his feelings.

“Well, because they had yanked other things that were less offensive, I didn’t take it quite as personally,” Fuller said. But he did equate KSL‘s move to something one might see in the old Soviet Union.

He did, however, compare Channel 5 to Pravda, the Russian newspaper that, in the Soviet era particularly, was known for repressing the news or changing it to fit the Communist Party’s version of the truth. Read more

KSL Remembers 15-Year Anniversary of Station Shooting


Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL marked the 15-year anniversary of a shooting at the Triad Center that started in the station’s lobby and ended with one woman dead.

On January 14, 1999 De-Kieu Duy walked into the KSL lobby and demanded to go into the station’s newsroom. When she couldn’t get in, she started shooting.

“She came right over straight to me and said, ‘I want to go into the newsroom,’” Colleen Mirci, a former KSL receptionist, recalled. “And she reached down in her jacket and pulled out a gun and pointed it at me.”

[KSL employee Brent] Wightman saw that and started yelling at the shooter. That’s when she pointed the gun at him and fired.

“She grazed me right here,” he said. “I spun around and fell down. I still don’t know why.”

But Duy wasn’t finished.

“She stood over me and shot me twice more,” Wightman said. Read more

Salt Lake City Station Denies Ban on Kissing Video

ksl_304Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL is denying rumors it has outlawed showing video of kissing after a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Tribune asked KSL executive vice president of news and cross-platform development Tanya Vea about the rumor, which TVSpy had also heard, that station staff had been told to avoid showing any kissing regardless of who was doing the smooching.

But that, according the top KSL news executive, is not station policy.

“While we don’t seek to include it in the news, KSL has no official policy on kissing – either heterosexual or homosexual,” said Tanya Vea, KSL’s executive vice president of news and cross-platform development.

It’s sort of a weird sidebar to the story that has dominated the news in Utah since the judge issued his ruling on Friday. But rumors have run rampant that KSL has banned gay kissing on its newscasts, despite the fact that Channel 5 has aired video of just that since Friday.

“I can guarantee you we have aired people kissing on our air,” Vea said. “And, yes, we do have complaints about it…. We wouldn’t have those complaints had we not aired the video.” Read more

Vietnam Vet Watches Interview He Did With KSL While Still Fighting War

For a 70th Birthday surprise, Steve Rasmussen got to watch an interview he did 45 years ago near Da Nang, Vietnam with former KSL reporter Dick Nourse.

“We got back from on a patrol, and somebody says ‘There was a newscaster that was interviewing people from Utah’ so they sent me over,” Rasmussen told current KSL reporter Keith McCord. Rasmussen who was 24 at the time, was a Lance Corporal in Fox Company, 2nd Battalion of the First Marines.

Rasmussen’s family asked the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate to dig up the archival footage to celebrate his birthday. He had never seen the interview showing him as a young Marine fighting in Southeast Asia. Read more

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.

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

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