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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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KSL Questions Ethics of Columnist Who Criticized Bomb Threat Coverage

Tribune_ksl Tanya Vea, VP and station manager for Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL, told TVSpy she has “serious concerns with the ethics of [Scott] Pierce’s reporting on us.”

KSL was criticized by Pierce, the TV Critic for The Salt Lake Tribune, for covering last Thursday’s high school bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Pierce wrote, “Just because you can go live doesn’t mean you should,” questioning the station’s decision to break into the Today Show to cover the threat.

Vea told TVSpy KSL scanner traffic told them police believed they were responding to an active shooter situation. She defended the move based on the prevalence of technology, “In an age of social media and cell phones in schools the word spread quickly about what was happening.”

She told TVSpy she thought KSL was “very restrained in the information we provided on-air and our tone was intentionally calm.” And added, “[a]s a news organization we do not make coverage decisions based on blanket guidelines such as ‘we don’t cover suicides, we don’t cover bomb threats, etc.’ We make news decisions based on the facts and information surrounding each circumstance and story.”

Pierce, and to some degree TVSpy, then became the target of her response when she questioned his motives for publishing his column and ours for not knowing the playing field. “As a former employee of our media companies, Pierce has a clear conflict of interest, as does The Tribune,” said Vea. She also pointed out Pierce, who used the RTDNA’s “Guidelines for Covering Bomb Threats” to criticize KSL, “is not a journalist, he is a columnist and as such is entitled to his opinion.” 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.

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

Salt Lake City’s KSL Debuts New Set

KSL, Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate has unveiled their new state of the art set.

The set is surrounded by large LED screens allowing the station to change the background at a moments notice.

“We did not want to go with a traditional local news feel,” Tanya Vea, executive vice-president for news said in a story the station posted about the set. “We think we’re bigger than that. We think we’re better than that.

The station put together a video about the set.  You can watch it after the jump.  They also posted a story about it on their website. Read more

Mike Headrick, Dave McCann Set to Debut on KSL

In the wake of Bruce Lindsay‘s retirement from KSL, the station has announced there will be three anchors on the evening newscasts, beginning tonight.

The Salt Lake City NBC-affiliate announced in March that Dave McCann (right) would replace Lindsay, who has anchored the evening newscasts for 34 years. This weekend, it was announced that Mike Headrick (left), who joins KSL from KDVR in Denver, will be the third anchor for the program.

“It’s surprising how adding a third person can change the whole dynamic of a show,” Tanya Vea, KSL’s executive vice president of news, said in a statement. “This will allow us to better highlight our communities in new, exciting ways.” Read more

KSL and KCSG Expand Content Partnership

KSL, the NBC-affiliate in Salt Lake City, and KCSG, the MyNetworkTV-affiliate in Cedar City, have announced an expansion of their partnership.

KCSG will rebroadcast KSL’s 6 p.m. newscast at 7 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscast at 9 p.m. KCSG also broadcasts KSL weather reports nine times daily.

“KSL is thrilled to partner with KCSG and we look forward to providing additional content, utilizing the combined resources of KCSG and KSL for southern Utah viewers,” Tanya Vea, KSL’s vice president of news and cross platform development, said in a statement.

Changes at KSL as Tanya Vea is Named EVP of News

Tanya Vea, who spent four years as news director of Salt Lake City’s KUTV, has been named EVP of news and cross-platform development at rival KSL.

Vea joined KSL last year as head of program development for the Mormon-church owned Deseret Management. In that job she oversaw original programming for KSL-TV and radio.

Vea’s promotion in the news department means Con Psarras will move to head of editorial and special projects for KSL.

The changes come as once dominant KSL tied for the lead with KUTV in November’s late news ratings.

“The goal is how to take these businesses that are in trouble all over the country and redefine them and build something that is forward-looking instead of backword-looking,” Vea told The Salt Lake Tribune.