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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.

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‘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 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]

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 First Black Anchor? Hired This June

When Nadia Crow joined Brian Carlson on set for the 4:00 p.m. news at Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX in June, The Salt Lake Tribune said she became the first African-American to have a regular anchoring job at a Salt Lake City station.

“I knew it would be a challenge coming here with the struggles they’ve had, but chaos creates opportunity,” Crow told Tribune media writer Scott Pierce. “So I looked at it more as a challenge. And knowing that I would be the first African-American anchor was also a challenge that I wanted to take on.”

“I’m so amazed, for someone that young, how advanced her skills are,” said KTVX news director George Severson. “She stands out because she seems so engaged, especially coming to a whole new world.”

She said she was concerned initially she wouldn’t fit in. “I asked George, ‘Is there somewhere I can get my hair done? Am I going to be able to go to the grocery store and see somebody that looks like me? What is going to happen if I come there?’ ” Crow said. “But coming here has really opened up my eyes. There is diversity here. And there are growing populations that people outside of Utah don’t realize are here.” 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).

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

Don Hudson Comes Back to Salt Lake City

Don Hudson will return as co-anchor for the KTVX 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

Hudson, who left the Nexstar owned Salt Lake City ABC affiliate for WHEC in Rochester, N.Y., in July 2012, said in a statement, “I have lived all over the country during my 24 years in television news, but coming back to work in Utah is like coming back home.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Hudson will join Kim Fischer, replacing current co-anchor Brent Hunsaker who is on assignment in Africa. Both Hudson and Fischer anchored the station’s 5:00 p.m. news before Hudson left for Rochester.

[24 Salt Lake]

Technical Problems Keep KSTU Off Air for First Half of 9:00 p.m. Newscast

Viewers of Salt Lake City’s FOX affiliate KSTU had to get their news fix elsewhere last night after the station was unable to air the first half of its 9:00 p.m. news.

The station’s anchor team of Hope Woodside and Bob Evans told viewers at the top of the hour the station would not be airing a newscast due to technical problems. “We live by the computer and die by the computer and we’re having computer issues,” said Evans before telling viewers to catch that night’s news online.

All was not lost, though. The station made a comeback at 9:30 p.m. with Evans giving a simple, “Thanks for bearing with us,” as the only nod to the station’s previous problem.

KSTU president and general manager Tim Ermish told the Salt Lake Tribune,the outage was “just a technical malfunction with the news systems. First time it’s happened in 10 years.”

On Facebook, the station also told viewers to watch the news on its website, “Fox 13 News is experiencing technical difficulties. Please stay tuned to Fox13now.com for tonight’s news.”

We’ve asked KSTU for comment and will update when we hear back.

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