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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!

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Salt Lake City Reporter Faints During Live Shot


Brooke Graham was reporting live from the Mountain Dell Golf Course Saturday morning for Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV.

Graham had just asked two cross country ski instructors to show her some basics, when she fell over backwards.

Graham posted an explanation on her blog saying, “[T]his is not the first time I have passed out cold. I am known to faint any time I am in high altitudes and get too cold. So this week I plan to go get checked out by a doctor and get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we can all laugh at the craziness of the situation! I have laughed many times watching this video so don’t feel bad if it makes you giggle.”

[24 Salt Lake]

Battle to Stop Aereo Spreads to Utah

aereo_304The battle by broadcasters to stop Aereo has now spread into Utah.

Salt Lake City FOX affiliate KSTU, CBS affiliate KUTV, MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYU and FOX Broadcasting Co. have filed suit against the streaming media company after its expansion into Salt Lake City in August.

The suit makes claims of copyright violations similar to the suits filed in New York and Boston.

“It simply does not matter whether Aereo uses one big antenna or hundreds of tiny ones to receive local broadcasts,” reads the complaint. “Nor does it matter that Aereo routes the broadcast signal through a server that copies it before retransmitting it. No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo changes the fundamental principle of law that those who wish to retransmit copyrighted broadcasts may do so only with the copyright owners’ authority.” Read more

KUTV Promo Spoofs ‘Blurred Lines’: ‘You Know You Watch It’

The KUTV news team is channeling their inner Robin Thicke, shooting a promo spot that spoofs the video of his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” (video above).

Sample lyrics in the Salt Lake City CBS affiliate’s promo include “Here at 2 News / We’re the night crew / Number 1 news / we do it all for you” and “If it’s a live shot / We’re there to shoot it / We’ll guide you through it.”

“Blurred Lines” has generated controversy since its release; critics maintain the song is about rape, which Thicke says is “ridiculous.” The song’s music video, which inspired this spoof, features explicit nudity (highly NSFW, so watch at your own risk).

Sinclair to Add Mobile DTV in Nine Markets

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will begin broadcasting mobile capable signals from ten of its stations in nine markets.

“The pace of technology makes it imperative for broadcasters to continue to lead in serving our communities,” said Mark Aitken, vice president of Advanced Technology for Sinclair and chairman of the ATSC A/153 MobileDTV standardization activity. “Broad adoption of MobileDTV, as a part of our local broadcast television offering, is the next step. We are confident our Network partners will see the value mobile simulcasting brings in building station and Network brands, audience share, and local television relevancy.”

Mobile DTV, as the service is called, allows viewers to watch their favorite local broadcast stations, for free, on portable devices like smart phones and tablets by adding a plug-in adapter. Read more

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

KUTV Reporter Dodges Live Kiss, Continues With Report

Brian Mullahy, reporter for Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV, dodged one man’s attempt to plant a kiss on his cheek while he was doing a live shot for the station’s 10:00 p.m. news

When the man leaned in for the smooch, Mullahy bobbed right a little, said, “Hello. Nice to see ya.” and went on with his report. When Mullahy tossed back to the studio, co-anchor Mark Koelbel said admiringly, “You are a professional.”

Salt Lake City’s KUTV Expands Morning Newscasts

KUTV is expanding its morning news coverage by adding a weekend news show and by extending the weekday show by a half-hour, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The Salt Lake City CBS affiliate’s weekend show begins next weekend and will air from 7 to 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday while the weekday show will begin at 4:30 a m.

There’s no indication from KUTV who will anchor the weekend morning news.  We have reached out to the station and will update with any new information.

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KUTV’s Mary Nickles Reveals Her New Look

Mary Nickles on set

Mary Nickles, morning News Anchor for KUTV the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, revealed the next step in her recovery from breast cancer Monday morning by going on-air without her wig.

Diagnosed last December, Nickles stayed at the anchor desk throughout her treatment. She wore the wig to hide the hair loss from the chemotherapy treatments that ended in early July.

“I’m hoping it looks like a super-short haircut,” Nickles tells the Salt Lake Tribune. “And not hair growing back after chemo.”

Far from keeping it a secret, Nickles tweeted her intentions to show off her real hair the night before the show. “Going wigless for the newscasts Monday morning! Debut of the new short do at 5am!”

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